Training and events

Due to Covid-19, we have moved our in-person events online and we continue to offer e-learning courses. Please visit our coronavirus update webpage for the latest information. 

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.

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.

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

Archives respond: re-gear, re-frame, reset

Four-part course between 12 April and 4 May 2021
Archives will be under increasing pressure to demonstrate their value and explore new ways to make savings and increase income from fundraising and trading. This programme will provide archive leaders with the skills required to lay foundations internally so they can secure funding and resources. It will help participants to answers questions such as:

  • How do I reframe the priorities of my services in light of the impact of COVID-19?
  • What local needs should we and can we respond to?
  • What activities do we need to stop/do more of?
  • What expectations do our core funders and parent bodies have?

Sign up for the four-part ‘archives respond’ training programme

Research resilience

21 April 2021
Our Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) is teaming up with History UK to explore how archives professionals and historians have adapted their research projects and ways of working as a result of closures and restrictions on access. The aim is to explore how changes made for COVID-19 can and should be used to address longstanding issues of accessibility and equity, and to provide practical guidance for those needing to re-frame or rethink their research.

Sign up for the ‘research resilience’ event

Succession planning

30 April 2021
This course is designed for managers working within the archive sector looking for techniques and strategies to help retain the tacit and expert knowledge that members of staff hold when people change position or leave an organisation. We particularly suggest that you attend this course if members of your team are planning for retirement and it would be helpful if both managers and team members are able to attend the course.

Sign up for the ‘succession planning’ training

Designing and delivering lessons with archives

Two-part course on 15 and 22 September 2021
These interactive workshops are aimed at archive services that already have some experience at delivering archive education sessions and are keen to broaden and otherwise develop their offer. There will be a specific focus on facilitating learning activities online. Experts from The National Archives’ Education team will explore their approach to teaching with archival material and take you through the process of developing your own teaching sessions.

Sign up for the ‘lessons with archives’ training course