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Call for Papers! ‘Recordkeeper 3.0’

The Archives and Records Association, UK & Ireland

From: Sunday 16.12.18
at 8:00am
To: Sunday 16.12.18
at 8:00am

The Queens Hotel,



The Archives and Records Association, UK & Ireland invites proposals for its 2019 Conference to be held in Leeds between 28 and 30 August 2019.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 16th December 2018.

Event description: 

Archive conservation

There are many fascinating subjects that will be covered in the conservation stream of the ARA conference in Leeds next year, with many new techniques and developments being introduced. Be sure to register and book a place. Keep up to date with what is happening in the preservation world as this is the only conference that deals directly with Archives conservation in the UK. Whatever your speciality, there will be chances to learn and contribute to the ever moving dynamic debate. As an opportunity to network with colleagues, the ARA conference is second to none and is an excellent way to add to your CPD portfolio.

Drawing on one of the sub-themes from the 2018 Conference - ‘People looking after records’ - we will be concentrating on our profession with the title RECORDKEEPER 3.0. This presents the opportunity for us to continue the debate on diversity in our sector, look at where we are now, and ask what archivists, conservators, and records managers will be doing in the future. We will also revisit the #ARAGlasgowManifesto and look to showcase what the ARA Northern Region has to offer.

Our venue for 2019 will be the Queens Hotel – built for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in the 1930s, it’s a Grade II listed building full of art deco period detail and character. The hotel is right next to the main railway station in Leeds, and in the heart a vibrant city centre.


You can participate in the following ways:

  • Individual contributions – presentations of 20 minutes
  • Panel sessions – up to three speakers presenting related papers on a specific theme or topic
  • '30 minute makeover’ – practical workshops, demonstrations or tutorials
  • Lightning talks – pitch your big idea or burning issue in quick-fire five minute presentations
  • Posters – an opportunity to highlight your research in our poster session

In forming your proposal:

  • Try to connect your proposal to the theme
  • We are keen to stimulate debate so try to be creative and think about how your paper might achieve this
  • If you are considering a panel sessions, try to mix speakers from other professional disciplines, or different geographical and institutional backgrounds.

Contributions are welcomed from across the UK and Ireland, and from colleagues in the global recordkeeping community.


You can make your conference submissions online. Find out more here.

Please contact if you require any assistance or would like to informally discuss your proposal.