Piranesi exhibition

Mary McHugh, Archivist for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, has contributed a blog post to the Catholic Heritage website on the Piranesi exhibition at Blairs Museum, which may be of interest. It emphasises the range and breadth of Catholic Heritage, and focuses on a museum this time. It also highlights what can be achieved by working jointly with a diocese. The post can be read by clicking here.

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 accreditation@ncs.org.uk, providing your name and institution/organisation.
For the NLW conference:
email Seaneen at maldworkforce@gov.wales 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 http://conference.archives.org.uk/ for full details of this year’s programme, venue, how to register to attend, and much more.

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. ac.uk and the Conference Director, Dr Hannah Thomas, can be contacted at hthomas@bar-convent.org.uk. General enquiries relating to bookings should, in the first instance, be directed to the Conference Secretary.

Training opportunities

The following training opportunities may be of interest to members of Catholic Archives Society. Please note that these events are provided by external organisations and we are merely sharing information of them in case this is of interest to our members. As we become aware of other potentially relevant training events these will be shared with you.

The Archive -Skills Consultancy Ltd are offering the following courses at London Metropolitan Archives in June:

  • Building Blocks of Records Management, 25 June 2018
  • Basic Archive Skills Training Day, 27 June 2018
  • Archival Arrangement and Description Explained, 28 June 2018
  • Managing Photographs in the Archives, 29 June 2018

Full details and on-line registration can be found here: http://www.archive-skills.com/training/index.php together with details of courses in York in September and in London in November.

West Dean College is providing courses on:

Preserving Historic Photographs on 11 December 2018 at British Library

Doing Digitisation on 12 December 2018 at British Library

There are also spaces on workshops about bid writing at various locations and dates, see Bid writing: The Basics and Bid writing: Advanced

RAG conference 2018

The Religious Archives Group Conference will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018. The theme of this year’s Conference will be Military Chaplaincy during WW1 and it will be hosted by the Archives at King’s College London, home to the Liddell Hart Military Archives. Further details and the booking form can be found here:
If you would like to attend, please return your form as soon as possible. The deadline for bookings is Friday 27 April 2018, and please note that your booking is not confirmed until you receive an acknowledgement.