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Voluntary organisations' archives and records: Why do they matter?

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10-11 Carlton House Terrace

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SW1Y 5AH

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A one-day conference exploring the importance of voluntary organisations’ records and addressing key challenges of preservation and access. We welcome voluntary sector leaders, staff and trustees as well as researchers, students and others.

The archives of voluntary organisations are vital assets. Records are important as an evidence base and a source of institutional identity and memory. They also have an essential role in helping researchers to understand the roles of voluntary and community organisations in society, past and present. Yet organisations face a number of challenges in preserving and making these records available for research.

This event brings together experts to demonstrate the value of records and archives for voluntary organisations' work today. We make a strong case for the relevance and value of preserving and understanding the past to current organisational practice. Archives can be strategic assets for good governance, corporate identity, accountability and research. This event is organised by the British Academy Research Project (ARP) Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain.

We are delighted to welcome a range of expert speakers from voluntary organisations and other sectors. We will end the day with a public lecture from Sir Stuart Etherington (NCVO), please note that booking is available either for the whole day, or just for the lecture.

We are also pleased to announce the Archives Showcase which will feature tables from a range of organisations, archives and projects. If you would like to take part in this, please contact the organiser g.brewis@ucl.ac.uk


Provisional Programme

10.15 Registration. Tea and coffee available in the Gallery.


10.45 Welcome and introductions – Georgina Brewis (UCL) and Irene Hardill (University of Northumbria)


11.00 Why do records matter? One – Making history relevant: policy, practice and communication

Chair: Baroness Pitkeathley (President, NCVO and Officer of All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives)

Zoe Abrams (Executive Director of Communications and Advocacy, British Red Cross)

Mike Anson (Archive Manager, The Bank of England and Chair Business Archives Council)

Kate Burt (Executive Director of Marketing and Fundraising, Leonard Cheshire)


12.30 Lunch (Gallery)


1.30 Why do records matter? Two – Good governance, rights and responsibilities

Caroline Sampson (Development Manager: National and Networks, The National Archives)

Justine Rainbow (Information Manager, Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse)

Darren Coyne (Project Manager, Care Leavers Association)


3.00 Tea and coffee (Gallery)


3.30 Why do records matter? Three – Celebration, commemoration and recognition

Chair: Justin Davis Smith (City, University of London)

Alasdair Brooks (British Red Cross) and Rosemary Cresswell (University of Hull)

Tanya Muneera Williams (Everyday Muslim Project, Khirza Foundation)

Nick Barratt and Jack Latimer (Community Archives and Heritage Group)


5.00 Tea and coffee (Gallery) Registration of new guests arriving for public lecture


5.30 Public Lecture by Sir Stuart Etherington (NCVO)


6.30 Drinks reception

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