Conference on archive storage climates

NCS is very pleased to announce the first of four planned conferences called ‘Passive Aggressive?’ – Changing the Climate in Archival and Museum Storage.
We are delighted that The National Archives and the Museums Archives & Libraries Division of the Welsh Government have offered to partner with us to provide these free conferences, one at TNA Kew and the other at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.  The first at Kew will be on the 9th of July from 10:30 until 16:30, the second at NLW on the 13th of July with a similar time programme.
The conference will aim to present and discuss the manner in which the new British and European standards for heritage conservation urge institutions to move away from air-conditioned storage and display and towards sustainable, low energy passive means of managing internal climates.  We will hear about the standards themselves, a comparison of passive methods and air conditioned systems and why passive control can be a viable alternative in existing buildings as well as in new designs.  There will be a series of case studies from archivists, museum custodians, conservators, architects and engineers who have been involved in switching off air conditioning in existing buildings and the results and progress they made, refurbishments that introduce passive approaches, and new building designs that seek to change the way we plan the long term care of collections with lower energy use.  A sector panel will give us the chance to hear from representatives of policy-making and influencing organsations such as Archives Accreditation managers, Heritage Lottery Fund, MALD, DDCMS and others, to be confirmed, addressing how their organisations use standards to evaluate the success of institutions as these new standards begin to take root.  A detailed programme will be sent out as soon as it is complete.
There is no charge for delegates to attend.  If you would like to come, please contact us as follows:
For the Kew conference:
email Lisa at, providing your name and institution/organisation.
For the NLW conference:
email Seaneen at and provide your name, organisation, address and telephone number.  A similar, bilingual announcement will go out soon on the Archives-Wales bulletin.
Two further events are planned: one at the National Gallery of Ireland and one at a venue to be confirmed in Scotland, both intended for the Autumn.  Announcements about these will be sent out as soon as possible.

Digitisation workshop

The next Genus Digitisation Workshop is now open for registration for 14thJune 2018.

Workshops are free to attend for those working in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums sectors, including trainees & volunteers.

This workshop will include a presentation on The Adamson Collection by Richard Everett from The Wellcome Collection. Richard is the Head of Photography & Imaging Manager – Digital Engagement, Culture & Society. He will discuss not only the technical issues with digitising this unique collection, but the whole approach to capturing the story behind this collection digitally.

You can find out more on the registration page.

ARA Conference 2018

The Archives and Records Association (ARA) is holding its annual conference from 29 to 31 August at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. The theme is ‘People make Records’.

There are sessions on representation, community archives, oral history and sound, innovative ways of increasing access and engagement, records management, the latest techniques and challenges in conservation, volunteers, workforce diversity and skills, and much more. Within the overall theme, each day will have its own separate theme: People in Records; People using Records; People looking after Records.

Visit for full details of this year’s programme, venue, how to register to attend, and much more.

TNA Collections Development

The National Archives has just published Collections Development: Frameworks and Guidance on its website.
This is a new modular guide which describes both the theory and practice of collections development:
*        the first section provides a theoretical framework for understanding why collections development is important with examples of different approaches and methodologies;
*        the second gives practical support for writing a Collections Development Policy and Plan – especially useful if you’re working towards Archive Service Accreditation;
*        and the third is a set of case studies from different types of archive service or collecting institution to demonstrate collections development in practice in different contexts.
Collections Development: Frameworks and Guidance is deliberately designed to encourage you to think about why and how we do what we do – to help inform and so improve our practice.  Each section can be read independently and each has a specific purpose.

CFP: Catholic Record Society

The Call for Papers is now open for the Catholic Record Society 2018 conference. Proposals are welcomed for 20 minute papers relating to Reformation and Post-Reformation Catholic History in the British Isles. The keynote lectures will be given by Professor Eamon Duffy; Dr Susan O’Brien; Dr Caroline Bowden; Professor Maurice Whitehead and Rev Dr James Pereiro. There will also be an informal discussion of works in progress, giving you the opportunity to present short statements of current research or projects, or to ask for help with a research problem. All proposals should be submitted by Friday 8 June 2018.

Please note that there are a limited number of bedrooms available at Murray Edwards College this year. If you require accommodation, you are advised to book as soon as possible. Bookings will be subject to availability. The deadline for registration is Friday 29 June 2018.

If there is anything CRS can help with, or any further enquiries, please get in touch at catholicrecordsociety@gmail. com or via our social media pages. The Conference Secretary, Dr Serenhedd James, can be contacted at serenhedd.james@theology.ox. and the Conference Director, Dr Hannah Thomas, can be contacted at General enquiries relating to bookings should, in the first instance, be directed to the Conference Secretary.

Job ad: Records Management Assistant

Vacancy: Records Management Assistant, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark
Location: Archdiocesan Finance Office, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark One vacancy: 21 hours per week, fixed term with possibility of extension.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark is looking to recruit a Records Management Assistant to work with the Archdiocesan Archivist in reviewing and processing the Finance Office’s paper records in accordance with their retention schedule. The role will also include developing and implementing some records management guidance and procedures to assist the Finance Office in managing their records.
The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working within a records management service and ideally will have a professional qualification in records management or be working towards one. Experience in implementing new policies and practice in an organisation would be an advantage.
The candidate should also have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent IT skills, and a good understanding of GDPR requirements and of records management principles.
The job will be offered initially on a fixed term contract of 6 months, 21 hours a week.
Salary £12.50 and £15.00 per hour depending on experience. Please email your CV to Sarah Wood ( by Friday 18 May 2018.