Training and events

We offer training to develop skills, knowledge and understanding within the archives sector. Our training sessions are relevant from both an organisational and individual perspective.

Most of our training sessions are free, and bookings are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email us if you would like more information about any of our sessions.

We have a limited number of spaces available at each session. Because of this, please only book if you are able to attend, and contact us if you can no longer attend.

Fundraising for Archives: e-learning course

Participate in Fundraising for Archives training wherever you are in the UK through our e-learning programme.

Successful service transformation workshop

21 May 2019, 09:30–16:30
The Priory Rooms, Birmingham

A combination of financial pressures, changing community needs, new technology, public sector austerity and organisational restructures are creating a challenging environment for archive leaders. Many archive services are having to change what they do and the way in which they do it, and some face imminent and longer-term challenges to their very existence. However, with these challenges come significant opportunities. This workshop and supporting materials have been designed to give you practical skills and useful tools to enable you to respond well to immediate and longer-term challenges and opportunities, so that your services can continue to have an increasingly positive impact on people and communities.

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Citing collections consistently for greater impact workshop

29 May 2019, 10:00–16:00
The National Archives, Kew

In February 2018, Research Libraries UK, The National Archives, and Jisc came together to commission a piece of research exploring how archives, special, and heritage collections (termed collectively Unique and Distinct Collections) are referenced within academic publications.

This workshop will explore the findings and recommendations of the resulting report, Citation Capture: Enhancing Understanding of the Use of Unique and Distinct Collections within Academic Research. In particular, it will look to create some clarity around the future direction for this work and who within the wider community might take this forward. The workshop will be open to archivists, librarians, curators, and academics, and seeks to bring together practitioners from across the research lifecycle.

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Introducing the Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE)

5 June 2019, 09:30–16:00
Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Following on from our Digital Learning Set, the Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE) is a new network focusing on digital learning and information exchange. DALE will aim to be sector-led, with regular chances to feed in to the programme and explore relevant issues. As well as highlighting examples of best practice and projects from across the sector, DALE will also provide an introduction to a range of initiatives led by The National Archives.

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Manage Your Collections in Discovery workshop

18 June 2019, 13:00–16:00
Explore York

The workshop will first give an overview of Discovery and what collections information an archive may have on Discovery before moving on to a practical hands-on session about Manage Your Collections (MYC), which allows archives to publish and edit their collections information directly into Discovery. During the hands-on session, you will learn about the complete functionality of MYC including uploading using the MYC template and metadata mapper and editing collections data.

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Come together: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education workshop

Various dates and locations

In 2015, The National Archives published a ‘Guide to Collaboration between the archive and higher education sectors’. Since its publication, there have been a number of developments across both sectors and the guidance was therefore refreshed in 2018, following consultations and desk-based research. The revised guidance is aimed at those considering collaboration and those who wish to develop their collaborative practice further.

Following on from this, a pilot workshop to introduce the guidance and support networking took place. As a result of the pilot’s success, The National Archives, History UK, and MALD have collaborated to take the workshop around England and Wales. The workshops will take place in seven venues across the two nations.

This one-day workshop will introduce the revised guidance and highlight key changes. It will also explore practical ways to identify, develop and sustain cross-sector collaborations. These workshops are open to people from all disciplines.

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