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Digital Cultures: future thinking and innovation for arts and heritage
Monday 19 May 20149.30-4.30
Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne  

Produced by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Thinking Digital Arts
Formerly known as Bits2Blogs, Digital Cultures is an annual conference for anyone working in the arts and heritage sectors that is passionate about experimenting with new ideas and new technologies to inspire new audiences.

Digital Cultures will feature a range of thinkers from the cultural and digitalcreative sectors sharing innovative approaches to public engagement. Talks will explore open data and reuse cultures,co-curation, mobile and gaming technologies, interdisciplinary collaboration, the power of play, and will investigate the impact of creative technologies and the rise of digital industries on arts and heritage.

The final programme will be published very soon. The following speakers are confirmed:
Nora McGregor – Digital Curator in the Digital Scholarship Department (British Library)
Annette Mees – Co-Director (Coney)
Dr Noel Lobley – Sound Curator and Ethnomusicologist (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford)
Irini Papadimitriou – Digital Programmes Manager (V&A)
Martha Henson – (Freelance Digital Producer/Science Museum)
Dominic Wilcox Artist and Designer (Dominic Wilcox.com)
Olga Mink Director (Baltan Labs)
John Bowers- Professor of Creative Digital Practice (Culture Lab, Newcastle University)
Marialaura Ghidini- Curator and Founder Director (Or-bits)
Beryl Graham – Professor of New Media Art at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, University of Sunderland (CRUMB)
More info and tickets from our Eventbrite here- http://bit.ly/1gG0jKY



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A reminder that the deadline for submission is 30th December 2013. One of the speakers commented on last year’s conference ‘I had a wonderful time throughout, the presentations were all thought-provoking, and it was a pleasure to present and receive feedback from such an engaged audience’. That could be you in Newcastle!


Archives and Records Association Annual Conference 


NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom


27th – 29th August 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline for submission 30th December 2013



‘Survival of the Fittest: strengths, skills and priorities for 2014 and beyond’


This century has seen rapid changes in how we create, use, disseminate and access information. Increased interactions between states, organisations and societies have raised questions about the creation, recording and control of information.  Individuals and communities are remembering and communicating in different ways and records and archives are being used in new and increasingly creative environments. Archivists, records managers and conservators are uniquely placed to react to these developments and to use their strengths to manage and preserve the records and archives of today and the future. However, are these strengths fit for purpose? Do we need to learn new skills or to change our priorities? How can we survive and thrive?  Is there a role for us as professionals in the future?




The Archives and Records Association UK & Ireland invites proposals for papers, presentations and workshops on these themes for its annual conference to be help in Newcastle, August, 2014.




The conference will have two streams (archives and records management / conservation). We welcome suggestions for papers, panels, case studies, debates and workshops on the following areas.  There may also be opportunities for poster presentations, proposals for these should be submitted as below.



·         What are the core skills of the profession? How have they changed?


·         What new skills do we need and how can we acquire them?


·         With so many different skills will the future see specialists rather than generalists?


·         How do we articulate our value and impact?


·         How do we make the most of changes in organisations and technology?


·         What impact do new ways of creating and using records have?


·         How do we manage digital records and archives?


·         Is the profession just about managing risk? Or promoting well-being?


·         Is there a difference between records managers, archivists and information professionals?


·         How important are shared services and partnerships?


·         How can we be creative about what we do?


·         How do we prioritise for posterity?


·         What is the role of research and theory?



The programme is flexible and session lengths will be decided once papers have been chosen but please note that individual speakers will generally have no longer than 30 minutes for their presentations.



Submitting your proposal:




Please submit your proposal, in the format suggested below, to:




Caroline Brown (Archives and Records Management stream)


Chair, ARA Conference 2014




01382 388773




Mark Allen (Conservation stream)




01244 532 364




The deadline for submission of proposals is:  30th December 2013.


Submissions will be considered by the Programme Sub-committee in December, and invitations to speak will be confirmed by the Committee by February 2014. Speakers will be reimbursed travel expenses and will receive free conference registration for the day on which they are speaking. International speakers will be reimbursed travel expenses within the UK only.



●            Try to connect your proposal to the theme of the conference as best you can. The theme is designed for speakers to bring topics to light that touch on contemporary issues


●            Try to be creative with your paper! How will your paper stimulate debate?


●            Please provide as full information as you can about your proposal – this helps the Committee in making choices about papers and scheduling of sessions


●            Try to be relevant and representative: consider looking at a topic from opposing viewpoints, or focus on the broader picture rather than institutionally specific ones


●             If you are considering making a group submission for a session, try to mix speakers from different backgrounds and institutions, or try to include a user or customer perspective




Your proposal should include the following:




                      Name of proposer (or lead contact for group proposals)




                      Contact details










                      Submission title (or working title)


                      Speakers (if a panel session)


                      Session description (brief description, max 250 words)


                      Brief biography/ies of speakers


                      Special equipment needed (AV equipment etc)


                      Any other information






For further information, or if you have any further questions, please






Caroline Brown


Chair, ARA Conference 2014

e-mail:  c.z.brown@dundee.ac.uk


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Annual Conference

“Community as Archives, Archives as Community

ACA’s 38th Annual Conference – June 13-15, 2013 – Delta Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB

Communities are the framework of our identities, our history and our lives. Online and offline, connected by geography, ethnicity, language, sexuality, interests, professions, friendship and kin, our lives are a lattice of communities.

Join us in Winnipeg, a city of communities and meeting places, for an exploration of how archival consciousness arises in communities and how community consciousness has arisen among archivists.

This year’s conference not only promises a thoroughly stimulating and engaging program, but also offers opportunities to join colleagues in experiencing Winnipeg’s irrepressible community spirit.  Social events will highlight a few of the unique eccentricities, charms, and attractions of Winnipeg and surrounding area.  Or you can explore what the city has to offer on your own!

ACA 2013 will allow you to be connected to the conference and your colleagues like never before, through Facebook, Twitter, and the ACA website.  And the ACA 2013 app will ensure that you have all the conference information you require no matter where you and your mobile device may be.

The ACA 2013 conference hotel is the Delta Winnipeg.  Among its many features are a central location in downtown Winnipeg within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, a rooftop pool, excellent dining, a fantastic lounge, and strong Wi-Fi throughout the guest rooms and conference facilities.

The Call for Student Papers and a Call for Poster Submissions are now closed.

The preliminary 2013 Conference at a Glance is now available.  Conference information appears on the pages/screens in this section while additional information will be added as the sessions and social activities are developed and confirmed. See What’s New and Important Dates for more information.

Click this link for information about Past Conferences.  Proceedings from recent ACA Conferences are available in the Members’ Only area.

We look forward to you joining us in Winnipeg for ACA 2013!

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You are warmly invited to a public lecture, the Jenkinson Lecture, to be held on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at 6pm for 6.15pm start, in the UCL Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6LT, 31-34 Gordon Sq, LONDON, WC1H 0PY. We are delighted to welcome Professor Jeannette Bastian from Boston, USA who will be giving the lecture.

Forgetting to Remember; Archivists and the Memory Imperative

Professor Jeannette Bastian, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston

13 March 2013

The ‘memory boom ‘ of the past several decades, has moved memory studies to the forefront of academic concerns bringing fresh lenses to bear on such diverse areas as social history, anthropology, geography, and literature. Through these memory lenses that largely focus on non-textual tropes and traces, scholars have found new ways to explore and understand questions of identities, cultures and communities. Although archivists have long claimed a special relationship with memory, they have been slow – even reluctant – to jump on this bandwagon. This presentation theorizes why this might be so, suggesting ways that archivists might think about incorporating memory into their practice and, by so doing, expand the archival ability to ‘document’ contemporary society.

Professor Bastian is Director of the Archives Management Program at Simmons College, Boston, USA. Prior to coming to Simmons, she was the Director of Libraries and Archives and Territorial Librarian of the United States Virgin Islands and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. Professor Bastian received her master’s in library science from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica; she received her doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Science. Her publications include articles and books focusing on archival education, memory, community archives and postcolonialism.

For further information see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/icarus/jenkinson-lecture

For maps and location information see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/find-us/



Dr Elizabeth Shepherd


Professor, Archives and Records Management

Director of Research

Department of Information Studies

University College London

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT

tel + 44 020 7679 2945

fax + 44 020 7383 0557



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Cartoon by Sally Wesley c.1770 showing parishioners attending church © John Rylands Library. Reproduced by courtesy of the University Librarian and Director, The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester.

Cartoon by Sally Wesley c.1770 showing parishioners attending church © John Rylands Library. Reproduced by courtesy of the University Librarian and Director, The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester.

A programme is now available below for our 2013 conference. The cost of the day is £45 including lunch and coffee.

Booking form is available here: RAG Booking Form 2013. Please complete and return this as soon as possible if you would like to attend and certainly by 10 April 2013

RAG Conference 2013: Localism in Religious Archives

London Metropolitan Archives, Friday 26 April 2013

10:20 Registration

10:40 Welcome

10:50 The Archives of the East London Mosque Jamil Sherif, Archivist, East London Mosque

11:25 Coffee

11:45 Using London’s Religious Collections: A Researcher’s Perspective Sarah Flew, The Open University

12:20 Archives of London’s Jewish Organisations Charles Tucker, Record Keeper, United Synagogue

13:00 Lunch

13:45 RAG AGM

14:30 Building Archive Facilities at Exeter Cathedral: Options, Appraisal, Decisions and Practicalities Ann Barwood, Canon Librarian and Ellie Jones, Archivist, Exeter Cathedral

15:15 The Cwm Jesuit Library Project Hannah Thomas, Swansea University

15:50 Wrap up

16:00 Close


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Equalities in Education – the new landscape Principles, challenges and ways ahead

Date: 28th January 2013

Venue: Institute of Education, Jeffery Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Full details of programme, pricing and booking at at the conference website:

See also the publicity and booking form – [Available to Download Here]


Most schools throughout the UK are committed to reducing inequalities related to disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual identity and social class. Their longstanding commitments have been supported and strengthened by the general and specific duties placed on all public authorities by the Equality Act 2010; the 2012 Ofsted framework; the targeted funding provided by the pupil premium grant, and the report of the Children’s Commissioner in England on school exclusions.

This conference will

• explore the implications of new legislation and funding for schools

• show how schools can illustrate the impact of intervention intended to raise attainment

• promote practical and strategic school leadership which is likely to be recognised as outstanding in a section 5 inspection (Framework for School Inspections: September 2012)


Who will benefit?

This conference is intended for senior leaders and teachers in all kinds of school, and for those who advise and support them. Participants are welcome from outside London as well as from within. The Equality Act 2010 charges schools with an expanded public sector equality duty. The focus has shifted from bureaucracy to outcomes in tackling unfairness and disadvantage. Schools are now required to publish equalities objectives and information which shows improved outcomes.

DfE statistics consistently show that the attainment levels of pupils from low-income backgrounds are well below national averages and are more likely than their peers to be persistently absent from school. Pupil Premium Grant funding has been provided to help schools close the attainment gap between these pupils and others. How have successful schools responded? Excellence in equalities is the hallmark of outstanding schools, colleges and local authorities throughout London. This conference will share excellent practice in closing the attainment gap.

Workshops will be led by experts and there will be opportunities for specialist networking. Practical case studies will be drawn from within the Greater London area. Participants will receive a resource pack designed to be useful reference material after the conference is over.

London Education Associates Foundation is a non-profit-making, non-political and faith-neutral organisation whose priorities and support for schools will withstand changes of central government. The object of LEA Foundation is to help schools break the link between poverty and low achievement. LEA Foundation offers a strategic framework for supporting school improvement throughout Greater London.

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Posted on behalf of the British Records Association

BRA Conference 2012

Jewels in the Crown? The Archives of Empire

This year’s conference will be held on Monday 10th December 2012 at the Swedenborg Society, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH.

The British empires affected millions of people across the world over four centuries, so what sort of records were created and where are they? What evidence has been kept and what destroyed? How do official records relate to the surviving unofficial and personal papers? What role have the custodians of records played and can the collections offer new insights for researchers in the 21st century? These are some of the issues our speakers, who are both archivists and historians, will discuss. The speakers are:

John Fisher, University of the West of England

Tom Lawson, University of Winchester

Lucy McCann, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth & African Studies at Rhodes House

Antonia Moon, British Library

Rachel Rowe, Smuts Librarian for South African and Commonwealth Studies, Cambridge

Terry Suthers MBE, Harewood House

We are delighted that The Maurice Bond Lecture this year will be given by Peter Hennessy, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, on ‘The Great Power Impulse; the pleasures and pains of archival research and on becoming an item at Kew’. As usual, this is a public lecture at the end of the day, open without charge to those who cannot manage to attend the other papers.

BRA Conferences are stimulating and informative; they afford an opportunity to step back and consider the nature and research value of  the archives we keep.  And there is time over a buffet lunch and refreshment breaks to discuss matters of common concern and interest.

The charge is £53 for members and £63 for non members of the BRA. There is also a discount rate of £26 for students and unwaged.

A full programme, further details and a registration form may be found on the BRA website at http://www.britishrecordsassociation.org.uk/forms/BRA2012Conferenceleafletdraft7.docx.pdf

Further information may be obtained from Maria Evans, Office Manager, 020 7833 0428, info@britishrecordsassociation.org.uk

Contact the list owner for assistance at ARCHIVES-NRA-request@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

For information about joining, leaving and suspending mail (eg during a holiday) see the list website at


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