04 September 2013

A collaborative conference between the University of Birmingham and The National Archives, in association with Research Libraries UK, generously supported by Adlib Information Systems.

This conference will bring together archivists, academics, and students to discuss the ways in which archives and universities can work together, strengthen existing partnerships, and identify those for the future.

The conference will take the format of a series of practice-led case studies examining ways in which academics, archives, and universities are already working together and how these relationships can be developed and shared. It will highlight the important role archives can play in supporting universities in teaching and research, the means of developing joint initiatives, and areas of future collaboration.

Conference brief

Archives have had a long history of working collaboratively with academics, universities and funding councils. Whether belonging to universities, local authorities or private institutions, archives have delivered joint doctoral programmes, have shared staff and expertise, and have provided valuable learning experiences to undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

The collections held by archives frequently sit at the heart of ground-breaking academic research of international importance, in a range of disciplines, which in turn is at the centre of the 2013 REF, whereas working partnerships between archives and academics can contribute to the REF impact agenda. Academics have provided invaluable insight into the historical importance of collections, have placed their contents within wider historical landscapes, and have introduced new audiences to the possibilities of archival research. Yet the opportunities for establishing collaborative working and partnerships between archives, universities, and individual academics are frequently unclear. They often depend on geographical proximity between an archive and a university or correspond with the research interests of an individual academic.

This conference will showcase some of the varied work completed by the academic community when working with archives. It will also showcase the unique skills and knowledge held by archivists and how these can contribute to wider research agendas and student learning experiences. This conference will inform archivists of the opportunities available to them for working in partnership with universities, including the building of their research profiles and for further collection development. 

Conference pack

Conference pack (PDF, 0.68Mb)


Registration has now closed, as this event is fully booked.

Please check our website for future events and courses.

Should you have any queries regarding registration, please contact imp_events@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Essential information

When and where is the conference being held?

  • 4 September 2013
  • Cadbury research Library, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

How do I get to the campus?

How do I get to the Cadbury Research Library (conference venue)?

Conference accommodation

The University of Birmingham can provide accommodation on campus for people wishing to stay the night before or after the conference. This is allocated on a first come, first service basis.

Please make a booking by selecting the 'Bed and Breakfast' option.

The National Archives does not accept any responsibility for content on external websites. All accommodation enquiries should be directed to the University of Birmingham.

Any queries relating to accommodation, the conference venue or catering should be made to imp_events@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Travel bursaries for postgraduate students

The Institute of Historical Research has generously allocated a limited number of travel bursaries to aid postgraduate students wishing to attend the conference. Applicants should complete the bursary application form below, stating why you require a travel bursary and email the application to the Institute Manager, Institute of Historical Research, at imp_events@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Travel busary application form (DOC, 0.14Mb)

These bursaries are awarded on behalf of the Institute of Historical Research. The National Archives does not accept any responsibility for the allocation or awarding of these bursaries.

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