Biographical notes

Margaret Crockett

Margaret is a qualified consultant in archives and records management with over 20 years of professional experience. One of the two partners in the Archive-Skills Consultancy Ltd, her responsibilities on the training side include:

  • sharing all aspects of planning and delivering the training — developing the programmes and course content
  • researching and writing course material — usually notes to support presentations which can be used as the basis for visual aids
  • writing sections of the handbooks, providing bibliographic references, terminology and notes for issues that are related to the course but not covered in any detail
  • advertising the courses and dealing with participant enquiries and ensuring the programme is up on the TASC website
  • on training days, co-chairing, facilitatation, presentations and workshops
  • follow-up “after-care” service for participants who want further information or advice

For the TASC Partnership consultancy projects:

  • writing proposals and specifications for jobs and discussing projects with potential clients
  • project management, ensuring we have a project plan and methodology, keeping the client informed of progress, managing the work etc.
  • report writing
  • coordinating with Iain Brown, our technical advisor, so that the databases and other IT tools we use, populate and develop for clients meet our requirements
  • authoring the website

For more information about Margaret, see her personal Website:

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Janet Foster

Janet is a professionally qualified archivist with more than 25 years’ experience in the field. For 16 years she worked in a variety of specialist repositories, including St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Since 1990 she has been self-employed as a Consultant, providing advice to a range of organisations, from learned societies to community history groups; assistance with bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund for archival projects; and a research service to the profession. The latter has included major reports on oral history archive provision for HLF; on a standard for subject indexing in archives for the Joint Information Systems Committee; a cross-sectoral strategy for the East of England; and an investigation of sources of funding for archive projects.

Janet is one of the directors of the Archive-Skills Consultancy, an archives and records management consultancy partnership involving project work and delivery of the Basic Archives Skills Training Courses. Recent projects include advising on the establishment of an archive service for the Peterborough City and researching and writing an Options Appraisal for the Working Men’s Library’s future management and development within the regional and national context. She is also consultant archivist at the London Mathematical Society and the Royal Statistical Society. TASC’s current projects include a records survey for the National Gallery and Freedom of Information training for several government organisations.

Janet’s teaching experience includes: records management for library students and professional development seminars for archive students at UCL; training for archive assistants for the Society of Archivists; and training for the National Archives of Estonia and Mongolia.

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