Next HARG General Meeting, Royal College of Nursing, 15 March 2018

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You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Health and Records Group on Thursday the 15th March between 2-4.30pm.


The meeting will take place simultaneously in the Sarah Swift Room (G01) at the Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN and thanks to the video-conferencing facilities at the RCN, it will be possible for HARG members based in the North of England and Scotland to participate in the meeting by joining HARG members at the RCN office at 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH.


20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street. The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street. There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

42 South Oswald Road is located in the Grange area south of Edinburgh city centre. The closest bus route is the 41 from near Waverly train station. Morningside is within easy walking distance and is reached by the 11, 15, 16 and 23 from Princes Street.


The meeting will include updates on group activities and planned events, health sector news, including Scottish archivist’s NHS Group along with to be confirmed guest presentations.


Please email to confirm your attendance and state the venue you would like to attend. The meeting is open to all but spaces are limited. A full agenda will be circulated closer to the meeting.


After the London meeting you are welcome to view the exhibition on the ground floor of the RCN Library & Heritage Centre where there is also a café. At 5.30pm the Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Society Annual Lecture takes place at the venue. This year it will be given by Prof Joanna Bourke. Professor Bourke is an expert on social and cultural history. Over the years, she has worked on the history of the emotions, particularly fear and hatred, and the history of sexual violence. Most recently, her research has focussed on questions of humanity, militarisation, and pain, and the relationship between patient and nurse. Entrance is free but please register online.


After the Edinburgh meeting we will have a selection of items from the RCN archive available to view.


Upcoming Health Archives and Records Group AGM, University of York, 29 September 2017

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Dear colleagues,

The next HARG AGM will be held at the Lifelong Learning suite, Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, 11am-4pm.

1.      10.30-11:00: Tea and coffee served.
2.      11:00:  Welcome and introductions
3.      11:05: Minutes and matters arising relating to last meeting
4.      11:10: HARG Committee report (Administration, website)
5.      11.20: HARG Projects (Sensitivity workshop/GDPR implementation/Plans for 2018)
6.      11.50: National Archives health sector update
7.      12:10: Open forum/sector and partner news
8.      12.30: Lunch
9.    14.00: ‘Digitisation. Why? How?’, Chris Webb, Keeper of Archives, Borthwick Archives
10.    14.30: ‘’The British Red Cross and the launch of the NHS’, Dr Rosemary Wall, University of Hull
11.    15.00: Questions for speakers, followed by tea and coffee
12.    15.30: Optional tour of the Archives/time to see exhibitions

The meeting is open to all, there are a few spaces to still available. Please contact me if you
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Minutes from last HARG general meeting at the Museum of the Mind, 16 March 2017, are now available

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The HARG general meeting was held on 16th March 2017 at the Museum of the Mind in Beckenham, Kent. The meeting included presentations by Juliet Scott (Tavistock Institute) on the TIHR Archive Project and Laura Hynds regarding changes in the new NHS Code of Records Management. Following the meeting attendees were given a guided tour of the museum by Colin Gale.

The agenda and minutes for the meeting can be accessed here along with the Powerpoint slides from the presentations.


HARG_general_meeting_ minutes_March_2017

Archival Practice as Organisational Development_Juliet Scott_ March_2017

Overview of Records Management Code of Practice for_Laura_Hynds_March_2017


A note on archive sector news submitted by Kevin Mulley could not be read out at the meeting due to time constraints. An updated note from Kevin covering up to June 2017 can be read here.

Archive Sector News Update_Kevin Mulley_TNA

The meeting will be held at the Borthwick Archives, York on Friday 29 September 2017.


Upcoming HARG meeting: Museum of the Mind, 14 March 2017

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The next HARG meeting will be held at Museum of the Mind, Beckenham, Kent, from 2pm to 4.30pm on the 14th March 2017.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

1. 14:00: Welcome and introductions
2. 14:05: Presentation by Juliet Scott, Tavistock Institute, on public engagement work on the Tavistock Institute Archive project
3. 14:25: Presentation by Laura Hynds, Bart’s Health NHS Trust, on the new NHS Code of Practice on Records Management
4. 14:45: Minutes and matters arising relating to last meeting
5. 15:00: Website report
6. 15.10: HARG future projects
7. 15.25: Open forum/sector and partner news
8. 15:45: Guided tour of the Museum with Colin Gale
9. 16.15: Optional time to view museum displays

For further details please see attached document


Hosting HARG

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By Ruth Honeybone, Manager of the Lothian Health Archives

LHSA has been a member of the Health Archives and Records Group (HARG) for a long while, and today is the second time in five years that we’ve hosted their AGM. HARG is a group of archivists and records managers with responsibility for health records across the UK that come together a couple of times a year (usually once in London and once somewhere else!) to discuss shared issues and brief each other on changes in legislation and how they will impact on the records in our care. The membership is a bit wider than that though – anyone with an interest in health records and the history of medicine is welcome to join.

We were pleased to invite the group to the Centre for Research Collections for their ‘somewhere else’ meeting this year, and spent a really interesting and informative day with fellow professionals. Much of the discussion was around HARG’s brand new website: how we would like the site to look and what information we want to include to benefit those using it as much as possible ( But it was also a chance to catch-up on others’ news and developments as well as share our own.

The afternoon concentrated on the Scottish perspective, and the group of us who look after NHS records in Scotland were able to introduce some of our work to ensure compliance with the Public Records (Scotland) Act and a conference we hope to run next year focusing on how NHS archives have been used in artwork and installations in Scottish hospitals to help patients and staff. Our Project Cataloguing Archivist, Aline, also talked about our case note cataloguing projects and there was time for those attending to take a behind the scenes tour and to have a look at our two current exhibitions, both of which draw heavily on the history of health and medicine (see our blog from 19 August for more info if you’d like to see them).

What kind of hosts would we be if we hadn’t made time for some lunch…?



[This post originally appeared on the Lothian Health Services Archive blog, on 23 September 2016,]