Working from home

Recently on the Archives NRA jiscmail list the following list of online learning source and ideas for those working from home was shared. This might be of interest.

Free Courses:
•    Connecting to Collections Care has their webinars archived and available online – a lot of great information for a variety of institutions and collections, archives included. Free.

•    the Image Permanence Institute have some interesting archived webinars on photographic process identification, preservation and access etc that I’ve always fancied and never managed to make time for.

•    The National Archives run e-learning courses on fundraising for archives, including the following: Fundraising Strategy; Financial Planning; Case for Support; Building Networks and Supporters; Crowdfunding; Measuring Outcomes and Evaluation

•    The National Archives Latin tutorial:

•    The National Archives palaeography tutorial:

•    Future Learn have a wide range of free online courses: Some more archive specific ones detailed below:

o    Cultural Heritage and the City, Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage.

o    Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher, Learn how to understand the past to explain the present, and get to know the amazing sources and resources of the British Library.

o    The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800, Explore the history of the book during the early modern period and learn how the invention of printing revolutionized our world.

o    Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum: Get an introduction to museum studies with this free online course. Learn about the people and ideas that shape museums today

o    Understanding Diversity and Inclusion: Develop your attitudes, skills and knowledge of cultural diversity so you’re able to create inclusive environments

o    Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present – Join 50 leading scholars in exploring antisemitism, from its roots to its contemporary forms.

o    If you’ve never done any family history try – Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree: Develop an understanding of genealogy – how to research your family tree and share the results – with this free online course.

o    For a different approach to palaeography – Early Modern Scottish Palaeography: Reading Scotland’s Records. Travel back in time through Scottish history by examining early modern Scottish handwriting.

•    The Open University also have a range of online courses: Open University online courses . Some more archive specific ones:

o    What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both past and contemporary societies.

o    This free course, looking at, describing and identifying objects, will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret objects and work towards writing your own object life cycle. You will also work with, and understand artefact databases.

o    Besides being simple mementos, family photographs can offer insights into the past. This free course, Picturing the family, looks at some of the ways photographs can reveal, and sometimes conceal, important information about the past. It teaches the skills and provides some of the knowledge needed to interpret such pictorial sources.

•    EdX have a wide range of free online courses, with some great ones on history here: Some specific ones people have mentioned listed below

o    From a digital preservation angle, there are free online edX courses on computer science and programming, such as 

o    Also with digital, edX are running a course on Creating a Digital Cultural Community

•    Coursera also have a wide range of free online courses: – a couple mentioned by people listed below:

o    I found this a pretty good place to start for research data management:

o    Range of history ones here:

•    For those interested in learning about Google Analytics – beginners and advanced courses are available online for free through the Analytics Academy.

•    The Carpentries: free online curricula for research data (Data Carpentry), research computing (Software Carpentry), and data/software skills for library work (Library Carpentry)

•    Codecademy: learn to code for free

•    Connecting to Collections: free webinars on collections care

•    DHPSNY: free recorded webinars on collections care (geared towards NY State, but free to all)

•    Digital A11y: Digital Accessibility Courses Roundup: A list of digital accessibility courses, many of which are free

•    Digital Skills for the Workplace: 15 free courses to enhance your workplace skills

•    DiRT Directory (Digital Research Tools Directory): list of digital humanities tools organized by category. Very useful starting point!

•    Free Code Camp: learn to code for free

•    Khan Academy: learn to code (and many other things) for free

•    Map Warper: a georectifier for juxtaposing historic maps onto Google Earth, etc.

•    NEDCC – on-demand webinars on collections care topics, digital preservation, grants & fundraising (follow link and scroll down for the free ones)

•    The Programming Historian: “novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching” (+1 vote)

Paid Courses (or Subscription Required)

•    Museums Association Ethics course
Enrol in a free learning course on industry standard practice

•    Museums Association Collections course
Enrol in a free learning course on caring for and managing collections

•    the Australian Society of Archivists has a range of online courses – They are, of course, cheaper if you’re an ASA member, but anyone can do them, and hopefully some work places might support (e.g. fund) online PD during this unusual times.

Reading Resources

•    The National Archives has plenty of resources online relating to the Archive Sector:

•    National Archives resources on Managing Your Collection

•    National Archives resources on Fundraising for Archives:

•    National Archives resources on Case Studies and Reports

•    Ashmolean Museum Case Studies and Project Videos

•    University of Nottingham collections info (especially good for deeds):

•    Archives Association of British Colombia, archivists’ toolkit:

•    Archive Skills, “info bytes” (short summaries of archival topics):

•    Digital Preservation Handbook:

•    Jisc guide to records management:

Fun Stuff

•    Museum online virtual tours


Tasks for Home Working

•    Clear up email inbox (sort/delete/reply to old emails)
•    Work on your PDR, review your goals/training needs
•    Familiarise yourself with other archives using their websites
•    Schedule a remote lunch or coffee talk with colleagues via phone or video to talk about things besides work
•    Webinars and other professional development
•    Write/edit presentations for future CPD talks
•    Think about the job you’d want X years from now. Schedule time each week to work towards that job
•    Identify areas for partnership working with other organisations
•    Update key documentation/policies etc

CAS Conservation Workshop


Thursday 28th March 2019


Water damage: Dealing with water damaged papers after a disaster


Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator,

Berkshire Record Office


Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading,
Berkshire, RG1 6AF


2 to 5pm, to be confirmed


£35 members, £37 non-members


Please send a cheque made payable to Catholic Archives Society to the treasurer, Mr Jim Hughes, 12 Holburn Terrace, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 3DQ

Further information

Annaig Boyer,

Excel for Archivist workshop

Dates have been confirmed for next year’s Excel for Archivists courses in Oxford:

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February 2019

Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May 2019

Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 December 2019

In each case the first date is the level one course,  Essential techniques for listing archives using Excel and the second is level two, Data improvement and data migration.  At both levels, the emphasis is on practical exercises based on genuine archive lists and catalogues.  The courses can be taken separately or as a pair, but it is strongly recommend attending level one before level two.

To BOOK, contact the Oxford University IT centre at

For a SUMMARY of the course content, go to

For MORE information, contact Gillian Sheldrick on

Training day: Wellbeing in the Workplace

Archives and Records Association‘s Preservation and Conservation Group is pleased to announce a training day to be held at Berkshire Record Office in Reading UK on 5th November 2018 10:30-15:30. The day will cover both physical and emotional elements of wellbeing in the workplace with talks and practical exercises from a Conservator, a Personal Trainer and a Stress Management and Relaxation Specialist. The day is open to any interested parties and will end with a tour of the Conservation Studio.

Places are £40 for ARA members and £50 for non-members (lunch not included). To see the full programme and to book a place please visit the training page on the ARA website or follow link below.

Exploiting Data-Demonstrating Impact training

A few places are remaining for the upcoming Exploiting Data – Demonstrating Impact training course, being delivered by Heidi Bellamy in Birmingham.
Event Details
30th October 2018 10am – 4:15pm
The Priory Rooms Bull Street Birmingham B4 6AF
Why should you attend?
Whether trying to win support for your archive or developing a strategic plan it is crucial to use evidence, to compellingly demonstrate the impact of your service; this course will introduce a framework that will help you measure the impact of your work and demonstrate the difference you are making both internally and externally, this will include using data that you already have at your fingertips. The second half of the course will focus on using this approach and other evidence to inform strategic decisions and build an evidence base to advocate for your service and influence decision makers.
This course will introduce a framework that will help you measure the impact of your work/projects and demonstrate the difference you are making.
The second half of the course will focus on using this approach and other evidence to inform strategic decisions and build an evidence base to advocate for your service and influence decision makers.
Who is it for?
This course is for everyone working in the archive sector including, public, independent and voluntary organisations, HE, businesses and all others with an interest in preserving our national heritage, supporting our information economy and strengthening the culture sector.
This course is particularly suited to those who have strategic planning, influencing, direction setting within their job description.
Learning objectives:
Introduce and explain the Logic Model, so that you have a robust framework you can use to measure the outcomes of your work against.
Understand where you can draw data from and how to use it (CIPFA stats, PSQG data, Google analytics, SCONUL Annual Library Statistics, Taking Part). It will also help you identify which other sources of data are most useful for your organisation.
Give you the confidence to demonstrate value and accountability to your wider organisation, partners, potential funders and the public.
Understand how using an evidence based approach can enhance planning, advocacy and fundraising.
Course preparation:
Please bring your corporate or organisational plan and service plan, as these will be useful for the practical exercise linked to the morning session on the Outcomes Framework.  You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with this resource in advance.
To be delivered by:
Heidi Bellamy Culture First
Heidi is experienced in strategic planning and policy development, she has an MA in Cultural Leadership and is an Associate Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.  Heidi is also a recognised Shared Service Practitioner SS(PRAC) and is equipped with a range of tools and techniques to drive forward and support collaboration.
Catering:          A light lunch will be provided, please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.

GDPR Training



Tuesday 2nd October 2018


Susan Healy, former Information Policy Consultant and Data Protection Officer, The National Archives: GDPR and Archives

Father Kristian Paver, Diocese of Plymouth: Archives: their Canonical Context and the Impact of GDPR.


The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS


10.45 to 4.30 (approx.)

(10.15 arrival for tea/coffee)


£40 members, £45 non-members

Lunch included


Please send a cheque made out to Catholic Archives Society to the treasurer, Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay TQ1 4QF

Further information

Margaret Harcourt Williams,


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.