Training and events

We are offering training to develop and deepen skills, knowledge and understanding within the archives sector.

The importance of this is emphasised at both an organisational level within the Archive Service Accreditation standard and for individuals within the Archives Record Association Competency framework.

The Archive Service Accreditation Standard section on organisational health sets out requirements in the areas of mission statements, forward planning, government and management structures and resources such as building and storage, finance, and workforce.

Most training sessions are either free or carry a minimal charge, and are available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like more information about any of our sessions, please email us.

Please note places are limited on our events, so please only book if you are able to attend. If you can no longer attend please contact us.

Collecting in Tough Times

Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge, Thursday 16 February – book now

The aim of this session is to explore how archive services can address the challenges of proactively collecting in the context of shrinking resources.

Objectives:

  • Offer solutions for advocating for your collections
  • Hear from others on best practice
  • Generate a frank and open discussion
  • Encourage thinking around collection policy/strategy

Meet the Funders: West

M Shed, Bristol, Monday 27 February – book now

The aim of this workshop is to give colleagues working in the archives sector a flavour of funding sources available to them, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Wellcome Trust, covering both targeted and general programmes of relevance to archive services. During the day there will be informal discussions, advice to individual organisations thinking of applying, presentations, and roundtable surgeries with each of the funders, as well as a chance to find out more about The National Archive’s Fundraising for Archives programme.

MAPLE

Wakefield, Thursday 2 March – book now

The Major Archive Projects Learning Exchange (MAPLE) was set up in Autumn 2007 to support organisations planning or managing large archive projects; primarily capital developments. Over 80 organisations are members of the group, including local authority, university, national and specialist archives.

This networking group, facilitated by The National Archives, provides a forum for organisations to share their experiences, knowledge and plans via an email list and through sharing documentation.
The group meets three times a year to talk about progress of projects and explore common issues. This meeting are for group members. If you want to attend you will need to become a member.

Vision in the Region

The National Archives, Wednesday 5 April – book now
Manchester, Thursday 27 April – tbc

The aim of this event is to send the message that we don’t want the document to be an isolated piece of advocacy. What we want is to explore sector needs further on leadership, support and engagement strategies as well as material to implement the themes and priorities of the Vision across the service, partners and stakeholders.

Exploiting Data to Influence Outcome

London, Monday 8 May – tbc

To assess the extent by which you could demonstrate how your programmes and work are delivering their aims and objectives, and providing the right level of outcome. You will also learn how to use evaluations to enable to influence the outcome leading to better informed strategic decisions.

Meet the Funder: North

Leeds, Thursday 11 May – tbc

The aim of this workshop is to give colleagues working in the archives sector a flavour of funding sources available to them, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Wellcome Trust, covering both targeted and general programmes of relevance to archive services. During the day there will be informal discussions, advice to individual organisations thinking of applying, presentations, and roundtable surgeries with each of the funders, as well as a chance to find out more about The National Archives’ Fundraising for Archives programme.

Fundraising for Archives

The Fundraising for Archives programme will equip attendees with the confidence and skills to successfully secure funding, whether for core expenses or specific projects. Effective fundraising is more than a one-off bid to a large funder; we are offering modules on a range of themes from utilising your Friends’ group and volunteers to writing your service’s case for support.

Courses are led by an experienced fundraiser and are tailored specifically to archives and collections. The sessions are interactive and practical, enabling participants to apply the course content to their own organisations and share experiences with fellow attendees. Each course is supported with case studies, dynamic guides and templates which you can use to put learned skills into practice.

This is the final year of Fundraising for Archives, so take advantage of these fully-funded workshops to develop your fundraising capacity.

Advocacy and Building a Case for Support

London, Wednesday 24 May – book now

Glasgow, Wednesday 7 June – book now

Cardiff, Wednesday 20 September – book now

Bid Writing

Leeds, Tuesday 12 June – book now

London, Wednesday 16 August – book now

Exeter, Wednesday 18 October – book now

Generating Larger Donations

Birmingham, Thursday 6 July – book now

Manchester, Tuesday 31 October – book now

Cardiff, Tuesday 21 November – book now

Unlock Funding Through your Friends Group and Volunteers

Taunton, Wednesday 12 July – book now

Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing and Digital Fundraising

Crewe, Wednesday 19 July – book now

Leeds, Tuesday 10 October – book now

Birmingham, Wednesday 15 November – book now

Developing a Fundraising Strategy

York, Tuesday 8 August – book now

London, Wednesday 4 October – book now

Edinburgh, Wednesday 1 November – book now

Measuring Outcomes, Benchmarking and Evaluation

Manchester Thursday 28 September – book now

London, Thursday 30 November – book now