Object Handling and Packing Workshop, Friday November 2020

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How to Safely Handle, Pack, Move and Store Small Objects

Half-day Training Workshop

9.30am-12.30pm (GMT), Friday 20th November 2020

Trainer: Anita Hollinshead

The Section for Archives and Museums is running a half-day workshop on caring for small and medium sized object collections. The workshop will explore how to minimise the risk of damaging collections and injuring staff, volunteers and visitors through safe object handling, packing, moving and storage.

Delegates will, through a combination of slides and practical demonstrations, learn about potential hazards in collections, protective clothing and equipment, condition checking, assessing and mitigating risk and how to choose the most appropriate materials for packing, storage and display purposes. How to safely handle a range of different materials and object types will also be covered.

By the end of the session, delegates will be able to safely and confidently handle and store the objects in their care, preserving their physical condition and improving their usability for research and exhibition purposes.

Freelance museum consultant Anita Hollinshead leads this three hour training session, which will include a Q&A surgery session inviting attendees to submit specific questions in advance relating to the objects in their care.

The event has been tailored for people involved in collections care at all levels and across different sectors, including archives, museums, conservation and libraries. No prior experience in museum collections management is required, making it ideal for trainees and for more experienced heritage, library and information professionals wanting to diversify their collection care skills.

This event would also be an excellent follow-up for those who attended SAM’s sell-out Museum Collections Management for Archivists training days in 2018/19.


Delegates will receive links to sources of further information and notes on the topics covered by the presentation, including a summary of the Q&A portion. Short films of the practical demonstrations will be available via the ARA website for all attendees.


9.30-10.45 Handling & Moving Collections

Hazards in collections, PPE, moving equipment, safe handling practices, condition checking, risk assessment, risk management, documentation

10.45-10.55 Break – delegates can grab a drink before the short film starts

10.55-11.05 Film – safe object handling

11.05-12.00 Packing & Storage

Techniques, appropriate materials and containers (including a short film), sources of further information

12.00-12-10 Film – packing demonstration

12.10-12.30 Q&A – delegates will be encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the workshop


Admission fees

ARA members: £7.00

Non-members: £10.00

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Next HARG meeting at the Royal College of Nursing, 30 May 2019

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The next meeting of the Health Archives and Records Group on Thursday the 30th May between 3-5.30pm.

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, 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 and a forum to discuss member’s issues. You can download the minutes of the previous meeting on our website, here.

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.


Upcoming conference: HSRAA Annual Conference 2019, Cardiff, 8 – 10 May 2019

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This event is the only global forum aimed specifically at Records Management and Archive management professionals working within the life sciences and healthcare sectors and a great opportunity to network with like-minded industry colleagues.

The conference will comprise fully interactive workshops presentations, debates, and round table sessions on regulatory requirements and updates, best practices, sector trends, technology developments, and innovations in the field of records and archive management.

Future Inn, Cardiff Bay: venue for the workshops

Delegates will learn how to best to tackle the challenges of ensuring compliant practices; how best to develop strategies to improve, and optimise procedures, facilities, and technologies; and how best to introduce efficient and durable approaches by learning from inspirational and leading industry experts and peers covering a wide range of topics including

  • Data integrity
  • Digital archiving
  • Inspection strategies
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Good data and information governance
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning

You can view the full conference agenda, or download the conference brochure, which includes a full list of speakers, discussion topics and other relevant conference details.

For more information please visit the HSRAA website, here:


Foundling Hospital Medical Records Project: Skills Share Day

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Foundling Hospital Medical Records Project: Skills Share Day

Monday 25 March 2019


£20 (includes lunch)

Booking and programme details here:

Coram’s Foundling Hospital archive holds a wealth of fascinating and challenging material. The information revealed by records linked to the health and medical treatment of the children throws light on their physical and mental health and well-being, as well as the social conditions and attitudes of the time.

The skills share day is designed to support the work of heritage professionals, teachers, freelancers and facilitators. It will examine how the stories these materials tell can be made accessible and relevant through public engagement activities. Participants will gain insights into the range of material and will share and discuss ideas relating to outreach and engagement to schools, adult learners and academic audiences, including the creation of an exhibition.

The sessions will be led by London Metropolitan Archives staff who have worked directly with the project.

The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust.


Upcoming Health Archives and Records Group AGM, London Metropolitan Archives, Friday 7 December 2018

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The next Health Archives and Records Group meeting will be held at the London Metropolitan Archives on 7 December 2018, 2-4.30pm. The afternoon session will include a presentation by the NHS at 70 team and a talk on the new exhibition, Child Health in London, at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Prior to the group meeting there will also be an opportunity in the morning to meet three digital preservation software vendors, Arkivum, Max Communications and Preservica to hear in-depth presentations and demonstrations of their products and answering specific questions about cost, installation and ongoing support costs. This session is scheduled from 10.30am-1pm.

Please see the agenda below. If you are interested in attending either the morning or the afternoon please email: to confirm your attendance and which session you would be interested in attending.


Health Archives and Records Group Annual General Meeting

Friday 7 December 2018, 2-4.30pm

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

  1. 14:00: Welcome and introductions
  2. 14.00-14.25: Talk on Collaborative Guidance. Speaker: Caroline Simpson (National Archives)
  3. 14.25-14.50: Appii demonstration: a system for verified credentials using Blockchain technology and its applications for students and employers. Speaker: (Gary McKay, Appii)
  4. 14.50-15.15: NHS at 70 project: Speakers: Angela Whitecross and Peter Mitchell (both University of Manchester)
  5. 15.15-15.20: Minutes and matters arising relating to last meeting
  6. 15:20-15:35: HARG Committee report (Administration, website, events, plans for 2019)
  7. 15.35-15.55: National Archives health sector update
  8. 15:55-16:15: Open forum/sector and partner news
  9. 16:15-16:30: Optional guided tour of child health exhibition
  10. 16:30: Close.