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.

MAPLE meeting: Barcodes

26 February 2019, 10:00–15:00
Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone

Are you contemplating using barcodes to help manage your collections?  Or have you already barcoded for a specific purpose like a collections move and are wondering what other options this could open up? If so, book your place at this meeting to hear about colleagues’ experiences of barcoding.

If you aren’t already a member of MAPLE, please join now, free of charge, at Knowledge Hub. Simply sign up for an account then search for MAPLE to join the group.

Are you ‘in a spin’? workshop

19th March 2019, 10:00–16:30, Birmingham
25th March 2019, 10:00-16:30, London

The financial pressures facing local authorities mean that the future of every service has been under review for nearly a decade. In that time, this has meant that radical alternatives have been considered for many archive services, including ‘spinning out’ the service to an arms-length or independent body.

To coincide with the launch of the latest edition of The National Archives’ ‘In a Spin’ guidance, we have arranged two one-day workshops for anyone involved in a local authority archive spin-out, whether you’re at the planning stage; already in a spin-out; or potentially bringing it back in-house.

Read a full description of the workshop, held in both Birmingham and London.

HEAP meeting: Developing the institutional archive

27th March 2019, 10:00–15:30

For many Higher Education (HE) archivists, the institutional archive is one of their most significant collections, but it can also be one of the most challenging to develop, manage and promote. This meeting brings together the HE archive programme and HE information and records management group to explore the benefits of working across Archives and Records Management to achieve this, the growing focus on the born-digital records which need to be transferred to the institutional archive, how to tackle email and how to promote the collection to the wider organisation.

Read the full description of this network meeting

Wellbeing impact seminar

28 March 2019, 10:00–14:30
The Priory Rooms, Birmingham

Wellbeing is a term that we now hear daily in various contexts; for example, you may hear it during a discussion about loneliness on the radio. Whatever the situation, it is clear that wellbeing is now a significant element of understanding the value of community and cultural assets.

We are pleased to invite you to a seminar on wellbeing and its evaluation in terms of different archive audiences. There have been some great examples of archive services measuring the wellbeing impact of projects. With this in mind, we’d like to explore how wellbeing can be affected and how we can measure its impact.

Read a full description of the seminar

Come together: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education

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.

Read a full description of the workshop, including dates and venues