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.

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.

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Personal resilience in the workplace workshop

30 April 2019, 10:00–17:00
The National Archives Kew

Developing personal workplace resilience is an important competency for today’s archive and heritage sector leaders.  These skills and techniques play a key role in enabling people to survive and thrive in today’s demanding work environment. This one-day workshop has been specifically designed to enable archives leaders to enhance their resilience and that of their colleagues.

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Exploiting data and demonstrating impact workshop

13 May 2019, 10:00–16:00
Central Liverpool Library, Liverpool

Whether trying to win support for your archive or developing a strategic plan it is crucial to use evidence, to compellingly demonstrate the impact of your service; this course will introduce a framework that will help you measure the impact of your work and demonstrate the difference you are making both internally and externally, this will include using data that you already have at your fingertips. The second half of the course will focus on using this approach and other evidence to inform strategic decisions and build an evidence base to advocate for your service and influence decision makers.

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Bidwriting for archives workshop

13 May 2019, 10:00–15:30
Tyne and Wear Archives, Newcastle

On this course you will learn what a funder wants to hear- and what they don’t. We will look at the most effective language and structure to use, and spend the afternoon putting this into practice with your own project. For this module we have developed a fantastic resource pack, including case studies and language guides which you can take away and apply to your own bid writing.

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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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