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.

Transferring to Places of Deposit e-Learning

If you are an archivist at a place of deposit, find out about our new online training module for public record depositors.

MAPLE meeting at The Postal Museum

The Major Archive Projects Learning Exchange (MAPLE) supports organisations planning or managing large archive projects; primarily capital developments. Over 130 organisations are members of the group, including local authority, university, national and specialist archives.

Bookings are now open for the next MAPLE meeting on Tuesday 5 December 2017, at The Postal Museum, London. Full programme details and timings are available on the booking page. We have a maximum number of 20 delegates for this meeting so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Postal Museum Archivist, Helen Dafter, will give attendees a guided tour of the newly opened Discovery Room and the new stores and a short presentation on how she approached the collections move that formed an essential part of this major redevelopment of the site.

Caroline Sampson, The National Archives’s new Development Manager: National and Networks, will give attendees an overview of The National Archives’ Archives Revealed grant programme, launched in November 2017, explaining how and when to apply for funding to open up collections. There will also be an open discussion to review the group’s priorities for coming meetings, including possible venues and speakers, discussion themes, etc.

Meet the Funders (East)

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’ Archives Revealed programme.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 7 December 2017, at Surrey History Centre, Woking. Full details and timings are available on the booking page.

Fundraising for Archives

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. The Fundraising for Archives programme will equip attendees with the confidence and skills to successfully secure funding, whether for core expenses or specific projects.

Open call training

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.

Generating Larger Donations

Cardiff, Tuesday 21 November 2017 – book now

Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing and Digital Fundraising

Birmingham, Wednesday 15 November 2017 – book now

Measuring Outcomes, Benchmarking and Evaluation

London, Thursday 30 November 2017 – waiting list – sold out