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

Discovery and Manage Your Collections (MYC)

14 March, 10:30 – 12:00 (online)

MYC allows archives to publish and edit their collections information directly into Discovery. It can be used as the primary means of getting collections data online or as a second point of access. MYC allows archives the ability to access and update their catalogue data already on Discovery that was contributed during the Access to Archives (A2A) project. The webinar will first give an overview of Discovery and what collections information an archive may have on Discovery before moving on to the MYC tool. We’ll be going through the complete functionality including an overview of the MYC Excel template, upload using the template and the metadata mapper and the different ways you can edit collections data. We welcome participants from across the UK archives sector and will be especially pleased to welcome those who are looking for a way to publish collections information to the web who currently don’t have the means to do so or who are interested in managing collections data they already have on Discovery.

Find out more and register to attend the Discovery and MYC webinar

Apprenticeship training programme for employers

The National Archives is running a series of online workshops to help employers understand how apprenticeships work and how to introduce them into your organisation:

  • Introducing an apprenticeship to your archive (10am – 12pm, 12 March 2024)
  • A guide to recruiting an apprentice (10am – 12pm, 19 March 2024)
  • A guide to onboarding and mentoring an apprentice (10am – 12pm, 26 March 2024)
  • Community support session for employers (11am – 12pm, 24 April 2024)

These events are suitable for all employers within the archive sector, regardless of whether you have run an apprenticeship programme before. Please note that the guidance provided is relevant to archives in England and each country will have its own apprenticeship principles and standards. You are welcome to attend any of the sessions that are relevant to you, although please be aware that the workshops have a limited capacity.

This series is not suitable for prospective apprentices. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Level 7 apprentice, please instead contact armapprenticeship@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Introducing an apprenticeship to your archive (online)

12 March (10am – 12pm)

The National Archives is running a series of online workshops, led by Anthony Skates, to explore how apprenticeships work and how to introduce them into your organisation. To begin the series, this workshop for employers will explore the importance of apprenticeships and the benefits that they bring to your archive service. We will cover a range of topics aimed at providing employers with practical tips for where to start, who to talk to and what to consider before you are in a position to recruit an apprentice.

Find out more and register to attend the introducing an apprenticeship to your archive workshop

A guide to recruiting an apprentice (online)

19 March (10am – 12pm)

This workshop for employers will discuss recruiting an apprentice, and explore what you need to do and consider throughout the recruitment process. We will explore a range of topics such as good practice, job descriptions, application options, shortlisting, thinking about the interview process and making an offer. This session will be of interest to employers who are considering introducing an apprenticeship into their archive service but are not sure where to start and could benefit from further guidance.

Find out more and register to attend a guide to recruiting an apprentice workshop

A guide to onboarding and mentoring an apprentice (online)

26 March (10am – 12pm)

This workshop for employers will discuss onboarding and mentoring an apprentice, and explore what you need to do and consider throughout the process. We will explore what onboarding is and the five points of onboarding, who should be involved, and what your organisations already do. We will explore the importance and benefits of mentoring, how to support an apprentice and finding the right mentor. This session will be of interest to employers who are considering introducing an apprenticeship into their archive service but are not sure where to start and could benefit from further guidance.

Find out more and register to the guide to onboarding and mentoring an apprentice workshop

Community support session for employers (online)

24 April (11am – 12pm)

This one hour session will reflect on the topics covered in the ‘apprenticeship training programme for employers’ series related to recruiting, onboarding and mentoring an apprentice and provide a forum for employers to ask questions about these topics. Regardless of whether you have attended any of the previous workshops, this session will be of interest to employers who are considering introducing an apprenticeship into their archive service but are not sure where to start and could benefit from further guidance.

Registration for the community support session will open in late March

Knowledge exchanges for conservators

The National Archives is working with Victoria Stevens ACR to develop basic conservation guidance for archive professionals. To inform the development of the guidance, between February and March, we will run 5 online knowledge exchanges (2 hours each) for conservation professionals:

  • Managing perceptions of damage (11am – 1pm, 7 February 2024)
  • Conservation for digitisation  (11am – 1pm, 28 February 2024)
  • Storage and its environmental management (11am – 1pm, 6 March 2024)
  • Mould and hazardous materials (11am – 1pm, 13 March 2024)
  • Conservation documentation (11am – 1pm, 27 March 2024)

The knowledge exchanges will include a panel of experts and create a forum for discussion, allowing conservators to share their expertise and advice. The knowledge exchanges are aimed at conservators only and are not suitable for archivists or other archive professionals.

This collaborative approach will harness a wide range of knowledge to build a body of information that can be distilled into comprehensive guidance in the form of 45-minute webinars and a written resource for The National Archives website.

The basic conservation guidance for archivists will complement the work done by the Archives and Records Association to create a resource for archivists to care for their collections without direct daily conservation support. It will continue to firmly advocate for the use of conservators and is not intended as a replacement for professional expertise.

Managing perceptions of damage (online)

7 February 2024 (11am – 1pm)

A panel of conservators will explore topics related to managing perceptions of damage including assessment options, managing damaged items not scheduled for conservation, the risks of materiality and the selection of materials for use in collections. The event will include introductions from the panel followed by a Q&A session.

Find out more and register to attend the managing perceptions of damage knowledge exchange

Conservation for digitisation (online)

28 February 2024 (11am – 1pm)

A panel of conservators will explore topics related to conservation for digitisation including assessment, decision making and options, and the digitisation process. The event will include introductions from the panel followed by a Q&A session.

Find out more and register to attend the conservation for digitisation knowledge exchange

Storage and its environmental management (online)

6 March 2024 (11am – 1pm)

A panel of conservators will explore topics related to storage and its environmental management, such as general advice and preservation strategy with a focus on informing the construction of both new buildings and retrofitted spaces.

Find out more and register to attend the storage and its environmental management knowledge exchange

Mould and hazardous materials (online)

13 March 2024 (11am – 1pm)

A panel of conservators will explore topics related to mould and hazardous materials with a focus on mould, the use of historic insecticides and hazardous pigments.

Find out more and register to attend the mould and hazardous materials knowledge exchange

Conservation documentation (online)

27 March 2024 (11am – 1pm)

A panel of conservators will explore topics related to conservation documentation and data management for condition, loans and digitisation. We will explore what needs to be recorded, how it should be recorded and what different systems are available.

Find out more and register to attend the conservation documentation knowledge exchange

E-learning courses

Data Protection Toolkit for Archives

This toolkit is for archive service staff involved in providing access to personal data found within an archive service’s collections.

The toolkit is hosted on Moodle, an e-learning service that The National Archives uses to host learning and development content for the archive sector. Following the link provided below, please fill out the New Account form with your details. 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 to the Data Protection Toolkit for Archives

If you already have an account, log in to 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:

Training

  • organisational impact
  • advanced bid-writing
  • crowdfunding and digital fundraising
  • Manage Your Collections in Discovery

Events

  • Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE)
  • Manorial Documents Register Conference 2022
  • Archives for Everyone 2023 – 2027
  • Launching the Level 7 Archivist and Records Manager apprenticeships

Grants programmes

  • Risk and Resilience grants programme
  • Cataloguing grants programme
  • Research and Innovation grants programme
  • Archives Revealed cataloguing grants