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. Please email us if you would like more information about any of our sessions. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our events and training moved online and some of our events remain digital, alongside our e-learning courses.

Most of our training sessions are free, and bookings are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re unable to cover the cost of travelling to one of our events, please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss this. 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.

Upcoming events

Impact Seminar: Sheffield Archives’ ‘Dig Where You Stand’ project

31 March (online)

This seminar will explore developing creative partnerships by focusing on Sheffield City Archives’ ‘Dig Where you Stand’ project. Sheffield-based writer and educator Désirée Reynolds launched the project last year, whilst working at the archive as their Writer in Residence. The project explores stories of Black and marginalised people held in the city’s archives. Désirée and archivist, Cheryl Bailey will discuss their partnership, experience of discovering Black and marginalised voices and the impact this has had on the archive, the city’s historical narrative, and individuals and communities who have seen their histories elevated for the first time. This seminar will be of interest to people looking to explore creative partnerships and increase the impact of marginalised voices in archives.

Find out more and register to attend this impact seminar

Knowledge exchange workshop on the historic use of insecticides in collections

22 June (The National Archives & online)

We will be hosting a knowledge exchange workshop that explores how several archives, libraries and museums are investigating and managing the presence of historic pesticide treatments of their paper-based collections. This follows recent research into The National Archives’ collections, the results of which are available in an open access paper published by Heritage Science. Collection specialists at King’s College London, the National History Museum London, and Durham University, as well the Collections Care Department at The National Archives, UK, have confirmed participation. The workshop will be running as a hybrid event with options to attend onsite at Kew, and online.

Please save the date and look out for more details about timing and registration in the coming weeks.

E-learning courses

Data Protection Toolkit for Archives

Our Data Protection Toolkit for Archives helps archive staff who are involved in providing access to personal data found within collections. The toolkit was created by Naomi Korn Associates in collaboration with an advisory group of archivists and presents a simplified overview of the statutory, regulatory, ethical and policy essentials in the context of accessing information in archives.

You can now self-register to access the Data Protection Toolkit and start learning straight away. Please enter your email address as your username and use the enrolment key, ‘Data Protection Toolkit’. Once you have registered, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Moodle.

Sign up for the Data Protection Toolkit

Archive Service Accreditation e-learning course

This e-learning course is for anyone working with archive collections who wishes to find out about Archive Service Accreditation. It provides a general introduction to the scheme and will help participants take the first steps towards making an application.

Sign up for the Archive Service Accreditation e-learning

Fundraising for Archives e-learning course

This e-learning course covers fundraising strategy, financial planning, cases for support, building networks and supporters, crowdfunding, and measuring outcomes and evaluation.

Video tutorials and step-by-step guidance will introduce you to each topic and guide you through online activities, enabling you to put what you are learning into practice and tailor it to your archive service.

Sign up for the Fundraising for Archives e-learning course

Transfer to Places of Deposit (PoD) e-learning course

This online learning course explains the key points of the Public Records Act for public record bodies. It describes what a place of deposit is and the process public record bodies should follow to select, prepare and transfer records for permanent preservation to a place of deposit.

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • understand the content and scope of the Public Records Act and the ’20 Year Rule’ changes
  • gain knowledge about the process of selecting and transferring records from a public record body to a place of deposit
  • recognise the roles and responsibilities for managing records under the Act and what the public record body needs to do
  • find out about the guidance and support available from The National Archives

Sign up for the Transfer to Places of Deposit e-learning course

Recorded events

Take a look at our recorded events on YouTube, which cover a variety of topics, services and networks including:

  • organisational impact
  • advanced bid-writing
  • crowdfunding and digital fundraising
  • Risk & Resilience grants programme
  • Cataloguing grants programme
  • Manage Your Collections in Discovery
  • Archives Revealed cataloguing grants
  • Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE)
  • Manorial Documents Register Conference 2022