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,]


HARG meeting, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 20 July 2016

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The general HARG meeting was held at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the morning of 20 July 2016. The meeting was well attended with representatives from twelve institutions chiefly based in London and the South East. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future role of HARG and to demonstrate the new website.  This was followed by a presentation by Katherine Chorley (UCL) on her research on the impact of open data on the health sector and news updates from attending members.

For more information about the meeting, please see attached meeting minutes:  HARG_general_meeting_minutes_July_2016.


The next meeting will be held in Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh on Friday 23 September 2016. The agenda will be published shortly.


HARG meeting, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, July 2016

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The next meeting will be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London from 10am to 12pm on 20 July 2016.


The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

1.	Welcome and introductions
2.	Demonstration of new HARG website: Chris Olver, King’s College London
3.	Discussion of future direction of HARG
4.	Discussion of the impact of open data on health sector (led by Katherine Chorley, University College London)
5.	Latest Sector News
6.	Open forum
7.	Arrangements for next meeting

The agenda can be downloaded from the following link: HARG meeting agenda_June