The Archives & Records Association Conference 2017

This year I have the privilege to attend the Archives & Records Association’s annual conference in Manchester from 30th August to 1st September. Despite having to get up at 4.30am on a Wednesday morning to catch a train up north, I am really looking forward to the three-day event. This will be my first ARA conference, but hopefully not my last.

The programme of events for the conference looks great – lots of differently-themed keynote speeches, workshops, and tutorials to get stuck into across the fields of archives and records, conservation, and digital. with such a jam-packed and varied programme, it’s incredibly hard to pick which bits to attend, but I’ve already got an idea of the speakers I’d like to see. I’m particularly looking forward to Jason Webber’s talk on Web Archiving in the UK on day 1, the ARA and archives and records workshops on day 2, and some of the conservation talks on day 3.

I am a little worried by the prospect of ‘dancing till late’ after the gala dinner – my dancing skills are not quite up to Ginger Rogers’ standard. However, the conference is going to be a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and learn more about the fascinating field in which I work.




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