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  1. 1. London Archives Regional Council PLANNING FOR ARCHIVES IN LONDON Newsletter No7 September 2003 *NEWS *TRAINING *FUNDING LARC NEWS contemporary and historical quotes. This website allowed visitors to the site to add their own comments about London, with the whole Working Party on the ‘Future of LARC’ thing becoming a historical record, to be kept at The working party studying the feasibility of a the London Metropolitan Archives.The campaign possible merger of the London Archives received publicity in a number of London Regional Council (LARC), the Greater London newspapers including the Metro and the Archives Network (GLAN), and the London Evening Standard. In addition, individual events Archives Users Forum (LAUF) into a single body were successful at attracting media attention, for representing professionals and users in the example the archivist of the London School of region will be producing a report by the end of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine appeared on October. This will be sent out for consultation. ITV’s London Tonight! Archives Open Forum For more details about Archives Awareness The next Open Forum will be on Friday 28th Month in London see the LMAL website November at the Women’s Library. This event Click on The Sector and then will include a presentation and discussion on the click on Archives. ‘Future of LARC’ report, plus a presentation and discussion of the Conservation Scoping report Black History Month (see under LMAL projects). October is Black History Month. A full listing of • Programme and booking form are events in London’s museums, archives and attached. libraries is available at : There are currently nine events in archives listed LMAL PROJECTS including; Barbot in West Africa: a 17th Century London Archives Regional Council is working in perspective – The National Archives partnership with the London Museums Agency From 1st October 2003 (LMA) and the London Libraries Development Display of Memoirs and Drawings Agency (LLDA) as London Museums Archives The National Archives and Libraries (LMAL) to encourage collaboration Kew, Richmond TW9 4DU between museums, archives and libraries in the Tel: 020 8392 5202 capital, and to ensure that this collaboration brings benefits to the sector and to users and visitors. Project being delivered under the LMAL Conservation Scoping Study banner include: This report, on the need and provision of paper- based conservation in London will be available Archives Awareness Month in October. The author of the report, Jonathan 74 events took place in London during Rhys-Lewis, will present its findings to the September as part of Archives Awareness Archives Open Forum in November Month. Six promotional postcards were • Programme and booking form attached produced on the theme of ‘London – Love it or Hate it’ and 24,000 of these were distributed to Reflection Report: Mapping Cultural participating archives, public libraries and other Diversity in London’s Local Authority cultural venues around London. A website Museums entitled ‘London – Love it or Hate it’ was also The Reflections study and report maps created using content from archives and collecting practice and the use of collections in
  2. 2. the context of culturally diverse communities within 28 local authority funded museum services in London. • The report is now available on the LMAL website: Click on Cultural Diversity, and then go into the Projects section. TRAINING NEWS This project will inform work on a cultural audit of London’s local authority archives and local LMAL Training Programme studies collections. 15 Oct 2003 Preservation for Access: Managing paper based collections in Young Cultural Creators museums, archives and libraries LMAL and British Council have co-jointly taken charge of the coordination and funding of the A repeat of our very successful training day held YCC project, which was originally created by the in May 2003 LLDA and Tate Gallery. Speakers will consider the development of The aim is to promote and encourage young preservation policy and strategy, emergency people to reading, writing and literary planning, current developments and best creativeness through the collaboration of practice in environmental monitoring, wider museums, libraries, archives and galleries and conservation issues for paper based collections the participation of children writers and in archives and museums, packing and moving illustrators. book and paper collections and briefing, • You can find useful information on how commissioning and managing conservators. The to run a YCC project, resources and a day will end with a ‘preservation clinic’ and list of UK and London partners on participants are invited to bring issues from their own collections for advice from the expert panel. 17 Nov 2003 Basic Skills Learning in Museums, Archives and Libraries Stratford Library, London This newsletter is sent to one email address A joint event organised by LMAL and the Group per institution for circulation. for Education in Museums, London This course is for education specialists from museums, archives and libraries. Thank to this Individual staff may like to subscribe to free course, you will better comprehend Basic Skills email alerts from LMAL at: issues and see how your organisation can get involved in this challenging area of work. NavigationID=154 • For more information and a registration form, please refer to the Training Section of LMAL website For details of all LMAL activities please see the website at SoA Training Programme For further information about LARC, LMAL 4 November 2003 - Back to Basics: or any of the specific projects detailed in this Preservation for Archivists newsletter please contact: Venue: Conservation Department, Map Area, National Archives London Louise Ray, Archives Development Officer, This course is for archivists who may not have London Archives Regional Council, access to a conservation service, and who need c/o London Museums Agency, Cloister to know basic preservation techniques an Court, 22-26 Farringdon Lane, London archivist can undertake. EC1R 3AJ. • More information on the Training section Direct line: 020 7549 1704 or email of SoA’sWebsite: E- Learning
  3. 3. Day Conference and Workshop for set of learning resources that encourage Museums, Libraries and Galleries families to make greater use of archives 7th November 2003, Museum of London • Development of a local history walking Practical workshops on defining projects, project and production of new resources to working with new media contractors, accompany a local history-walking trail understanding your website statistics, archives and online learning, resource discovery and Funding Surgery developing online audiences. Louise Ray and Carol Dixon (Learning and • More information regarding programme Access Officer, LMAL) will be running a grant and bookings available on surgery on Friday 17th October to give further guidance to applicants regarding the Archives and Learning Grant programme, and also AWARDS and FUNDING signpost applicants to alternative sources of INITIATIVES funding. **NEW AWARD SCHEME** SCHEME** • If you would like to book an appointment (30-45 minutes), please Archives and Learning Grant Programme contact: The LMAL Archives and Learning Grant Dalila Ahamed Programme is open to archive services in the Archive Support Officer London region. Grants are available for up to Tel: 020 7549 1713 £2000. LMAL would welcome applications from Email: archives/record offices seeking to fund the following types of learning activities, projects Deadlines and initiatives: The closing date for applications is Friday 21 November 2003 and all grants must be claimed Learning initiatives: by Friday 27 February 2004. • Consultancy work by an education specialist to develop a programme of • For an application pack, contact: learning activities and/or educational Dalila Ahamed, Archive Support Officer resources for service users London Archives Regional Council • Consultancy work to enable the archive c/o London Museums Agency service to develop a learning policy and Cloister Court, 22-26 Farringdon Lane, action plan that documents aims, London EC1R 3AJ objectives, targets and projected outputs in Telephone: 020 7549 1713 relation to current and future education Fax: 020 7490 5225 projects and life-long learning initiatives Email: • Production of a promotional leaflet, CD- ROM, audio-visual resource, or online guide Further information and application pack can to enable children and young people to also be downloaded from: increase their use and understanding of archives NavigationID=229 • Production of printed and/or digital learning resources (comprising lesson plans, information and activity sheets for students LMAL Disability Access Grant Programme and copies/replicas of archival materials, etc.) that illustrate how archives can be Closing date for applications: Friday 21 used to support specific National Curriculum November 2003 programmes of study or GCSE subject courses The LMAL Disability Access Grant Programme • Production of a series of information is open to any archive, library or museum literacy/user education materials designed services in the London region. A total of £30,000 to enable young people and adults with is currently available to fund disability access basic skills needs to make greater use of projects and service developments costing up to the archive service £4000. • Development of a family learning event programme, series of workshop activities or This scheme is designed to fund one or more of the following types of initiatives:
  4. 4. Access initiatives: •Production of an access policy and action plan covering physical, sensory, intellectual, emotional/attitudinal, cultural, social, financial and technological access to collections and facilities for different groups of current (and potential) service users. •Funding to cover a disability access audit •Funding to cover disability awareness and equalities training for staff within an archive, library or museum service •Purchase of text-reading and/or text magnification software to improve access to ICT facilities for blind and partially-sighted users •Production of an introductory leaflet or guide to the archive/library/museum service in alternative, accessible formats (e.g. Braille, audio tape, large print, etc.) •Purchase of adaptable furniture or equipment (e.g. height adjustable tables and workstations) •Development of a programme of events or resources specifically aimed at widening access to archive/library/museum services for disabled people •Funding to cover the setting up and administration costs associated with organising a disability access focus group, etc. For further details, please visit the LMAL website at: NavigationID=230 • Applications and enquiries to: Carol Dixon, LMAL Learning and Access Officer, LMAL c/o LLDA, 35 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 7HP; Tel: 020 7641 5266; Email: London Museum’s Archives and Libraries Stewardship Funding Programme 2003-2004 Applications have now closed for the Preservation Audit Visits and Collection Care Grants however £5,000 has been allocated to an Emergency Grant Fund to ensure that grants can be offered more quickly in an emergency. This is defined as any situation putting a collection at physical risk, and requests can be made at any time before 30 January 2004. For details see the Funding section of LMAL website where details can be downloaded. http:// NavigationID=224, or contact Louise Ray.
  5. 5. Barbara Reise giving an insight of rare artefacts, letters and photographs. In addition, Tate Online presents a searchable database of the material available at the Tate Archive, including a wide variety of photographs, documents, audio excerpts and other material. London Maze 2003- Local History Fair Saturday 11 October 2003, 10am-4pm Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery are hosting this fun and informative event devoted to London and its history. Over 30 stalls from London's museums, local history libraries, archives, historical groups and societies, expert talks, guided walks, tours of Roman London's amphitheatre, Guildhall Art Gallery talks, children's storytelling, Victorian parlour magic and much more. ibraries_archives_museums_galleries/city_londo n_libraries/london_maze.htm LONDON NEWS National Monuments Record Search Room Closure “Fit to Print” - LAUF Conference The Blandford Street Search Room will close 1 November 2003 before the end of the financial year. English For further information, you can contact: Heritage will write to users in due course, when Robin Woolven more is known on the timescale for closure. 1 Top House, Campden Lane Willersey, Broadway For more information, please contact: Worcs WR12 &PG Anne Woodward Website: www (London NMR Team Leader) 55 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HN Launch of WILL ”What’s in London’s Tel: 020 7208 8207 Libraries” A new service has just been launched for London libraries users and librarians. It brings “Moving Here” together all 33 London library catalogues “Moving Here” is a unique interactive online together into a single central database, which is resource, funded by New Opportunities Fund. searchable. It also covers a variety of The last 200 years of Caribbean, Irish, Jewish information such as activities programmes and and South-Asian migrations to England have special collections. been explored to bring together a wonderful collection and give a new perspective of the communities’ heritage. UK Central government websites Original documents from 30 museums, libraries The National Archives of the UK has launched a and archives in England have been digitised, new website, which collects and preserves 50 and are available online. government websites including the Hutton You can download free scans, get guidance on Inquiry. 10 Downing Street, etc… tracing your family history and contribute your The web archive is freely available at own stories of migration to the website. Artists’ Papers Register “Tate Online” The London phase of the Artists’Papers Register Tate Archive Collection, together with BT, have is now well underway and the website has been created three learning journeys around the updated with locations for artists papers held in themes of Bloomsbury Group, Tate History and
  6. 6. repositories in the Greater London area up to UCLH NHS Trust Archives, Brent Archives, the end of August 2003. Hackney Archives and Islington Archives. The website is available to be searched at Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Ten Generations: London Life 1700 to the Heritage Present Day The Mayor has established the Commission to This website presents the social and cultural life begin the process of initiating a higher level of of North London over the last 300 years, under debate and strategic planning related to diversity seven main themes from Communities to Work. within the heritage sector by drawing on the This project involves the collaboration between knowledge, expertise, resources and guidance Westminster and several partners: the of key academics, organisations, mainstream Bishopsgate Institute, London’s Transport cultural institutions and funding bodies. Sixteen Museum, The Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, commissioners have been appointed, chaired by Dame Jocelyn Barrow. LONDON ARCHIVES: OPEN FORUM MEETING At the Women’s Library 2.00 to 5.30 pm Friday 28th November 2003 PROGRAMME Registration (Refreshments will be available before the meeting) LONDON ARCHIVES: OPEN FORUM MEETING LARC NEWS 2.30 Welcome and introduction - David Mander (Chair of LARC) 2.45 Update on the LARC and LMAL projects – Louise Ray (Archives Development Officer, LARC) 3.00 ‘Future of LARC’ report – David Mander (Chair of LARC) 3.30 Discussion of future of LARC 4.00 Refreshments CONSERVATION 4.20 Conservation Scoping Study presentation – Jonathan Rhys-Lewis (Consultant) 4.50 Discussion on Conservation Scoping Study 5.30 Close E1 7NT LOCATION: The Women’s Library Old Castle Street London
  7. 7. This event is organised by LARC in association with London’s Museums, Archives and Libraries (LMAL) and funded by Resource: the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries LONDON ARCHIVES: OPEN FORUM MEETING At the Women’s Library – 2.00 to 5.30 pm Friday 28th November 2003 TO BOOK: Please complete this form* and return it as soon as possible. Places are limited to 60 so please book early to avoid disappointment! All enquiries to Louise Ray (020 7549 1704), email Title: First Name: Surname: Organisation: Job Title: Address: Phone number: E-mail:
  8. 8. Please indicate if you have any specific access requirements (eg hearing loop, wheelchair access). Return this form* to Dalila Ahamed Archive Support Officer London Archives Regional Council c/o London Museums Agency Cloister Court 22-26 Farringdon Lane London EC1R 3AJ – or by e-mail to as soon as possible (and by Friday 21st November at the latest) * We suggest you EITHER: • Save a copy of this page as a separate document, fill in the details, save it and then return a copy of the file by e-mail as an attachment, OR • Print it, fill in the details (make a copy to keep for reference) and send it by post