Basic Archive Skills Training Day (London)

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Venue: London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, 57–58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS   Location map
Cost: £156.00 per participant (incl. VAT at 20%)  

The Basic Archive Skills Training Day has been delivered by Margaret Crockett and Janet Foster for over 15 years. During this time they have revised and developed the one day course to ensure it remains relevant and is responding to the workforce development needs of the museum, library and archives sector. The course is consistently fully booked and many corporate clients routinely send new employees as part of their induction and training. The course combines presentations, facilitated discussion and workshops to ensure an interesting and relaxed learning environment.

The Basic Archive Skills Training Day is aimed at people working with archives and records without formal recordkeeping qualifications, and who feel that they would benefit from some basic training in the principles of managing records and archives. It is suitable for:

  • Archives and records assistants
  • Managers of archive staff
  • Librarians and information managers responsible for archives and records
  • IT professionals seeking an overview of the aims of archives and records management
  • Anyone else who has responsibility for managing archives and records

The day consists of four core sessions focusing on the main areas of preservation, collecting, appraisal and description differing in length as appropriate. Sessions will include ample time for questions and a high level of participation is encouraged.

A course handbook will be provided, which will contain:

  • supporting notes for the sessions;
  • a select bibliography;
  • the BASTD glossary of archive and records management terms;
  • useful contacts;
  • info-bytes on related topics;
  • participants list;
  • information about other TASC training opportunities

Participants are encouraged to prepare for the course by formulating questions or issues that have arisen in the course of their work, for consideration by the speakers and the class as a whole.

The course fee includes the course handbook with supporting notes and useful sources for further information. The fee also includes lunch (with vegetarian option; please let the directors know if you have any other special dietary needs) and tea and coffee.


9.00Registration and coffee
9.30What are Archives? Terminology and concepts: facilitated discussion
10.30Collecting policies and accessions: presentation
11.30Accessioning exercise
12.00Appraising records for archival value: presentation and exercise
1.30Archival Processing, Arrangement and Description: presentation and exercise
Speaker: Mark Pomeroy, Archivist, The Royal Academy
2.45Providing access to archives: group brainstorm
3.30Overview of preservation management for archives: presentation
Speaker: Jonathan Rhys-Lewis, Consultant in Preservation and Collection Management
4.30Questions and answers

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the concepts and principles that underpin archives management
  • Explain the differences between managing archives, books and objects
  • Identify the main elements of an archive acquisition/collecting policy
  • Develop archive accessioning documentation
  • Understand the main principles of archival appraisal
  • Undertake basic archive processing activity
  • Know what is involved in providing access to archives
  • Understand the factors to consider in promoting the preservation of archives
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