Please find details of the next ARA Ireland training event below
April 2024

Copyright in Context: Ireland

Date: 11 April 2024

Time: 11:00 - 15:30

Location: National Library of Ireland, Dublin

ARA, Ireland are pleased to offer a one-day in person training workshop that will outline copyright in context for the two legal jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. The focus will be on Irish Law with comparison of key differences to UK Law as it applies in Northern Ireland for those who may work cross border. It will also highlight any key differences between Irish law and other UK and international jurisdictions. Using practical case studies this training event will address copyright issues as they apply to digitisation and social media. It will also explore the subject of third party copyright.

The training will comprise of three sessions, at approximately 45 minute duration each. Opportunity will be afforded to allow round-table discussions and ask questions.

The workshops will be delivered by Dr Ellie Pridgeon, director of Consultant Archivist, an organisation that specialises in providing advice and support to the heritage and records management sector. Group discussions will be facilitated by ARA Ireland, to provide attendees with an opportunity to informally discuss copyright issues after each session with their group peers. Groups will shortlist questions for the Q&A at the end of the workshop.

Attendance Fee

ARA Members: 100 EUR

Non-ARA Members: 120 EUR

Please register here.

We regret that the workshop venue is not accessible to wheelchair users. ARA Ireland apologises for this, and is working hard to ensure all future events are fully acessible.


ARA, Ireland's AGM 2024 will take place in person, following the training event and is free for all to attend. There will be an opportunity to network informally with other ARA members before and after the AGM. 

Registration is sepearate and will be sent by email to all ARA Ireland members. 

October 2023

Digital Preservation and Electronic Record Keeping: Collaboration and Conversation'.

Date: 19 October 2023

Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Location: Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin.

The Archives and Records Association (Ireland) and the Information and Records Management Society, Ireland are pleased to invite you to their annual joint meeting which will be held in person at the Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin. The event brings together archivists and records managers to discuss their perspectives on important topics. It will provide a platform for the discussion of issues in the field today as well as a valuable learning opportunity.

The focus for this year is around digital preservation and electronic record keeping with an emphasis on practical steps and collaboration. We are delighted to be joined by speakers that demonstrate active collaboration in their diverse areas. We hope you can join us in conversation. The seminar is sponsored by Oyster IMS.

(See Presentation Page for Slides for this event.)

November 2021

Risk Management: Strategic Approaches

Date: Thursday, 18th November 2021

Time: 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT)

Platform: Zoom

Risk management in archives encompasses many aspects of our daily work as archivists. It poses us with the question of how we can better plan, prepare, and manage risks with a clear and strategic approach.

ARA , Ireland is pleased to present an opportunity to hear from two archival practitioners about their strategies and approaches to risk management. These presentations will be followed by a question and answer session to allow members an opportunity to learn how these approaches might be applied within their own archive setting.

Hazel Menton from the National Archives of Ireland will look at the common risks which archivists encounter and examine ways which these can be addressed.

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Consultant Archivist will provide an introduction and overview of the Archives and Records Association Resilience Indicator tool.

For more information and to register, please click here.

May 2021

Archives and Social Justice seminar series

ARA Ireland and UCD School of History joint event

A seminar series consisting of three sessions over three consecutive weeks was held in May 2021, covering the topics of Archival Sovereignty, Archives and Impact and Archives and Activism. Details of the individual speakers and discussions, along with slides, where appropriate, can be found on here.

January 2021

Kickstarting Your Career: A New Professionals Training Seminar

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021

Time: 09:45 - 12:30

Platform: Zoom

The event is aimed at anyone embarking on a career in archives and records management and will provide insight into various aspects of the profession as well as advice on career progression and professional development. It will feature four 30-minute presentations from established archives professionals who will cover topics such as advocacy, project management, and the effects of the pandemic on career development.

Carly Randall from the V&A Archives and Registry will be talking about potential approaches records professionals could take when deciding how to adapt to the effects of the pandemic on their career development. Deirdre McParland from ESB Archives will be sharing her experiences of life as a business archivist and exploring the necessary skillsets and vital role of advocacy and stakeholder engagement in the archives profession. Cécile Gordon from the Military Archives of Ireland will be discussing aspects of archival project management, while drawing on her experiences of managing the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection/Project since 2008. Kieran O'Leary from the National Library of Ireland will be talking about his career in digital preservation and providing advice about how to progress in this field. 

We will also be facilitating an optional networking coffee break in between sessions, which will give you the chance to get to know some of the other attendees at the event.

For more information and to reserve your tickets, please follow the link below:
Kickstarting Your Career: A New Professionals Training Seminar
November 2020

Archives Online: New Approaches To Access

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020

Time: 14:55– 16:30

Platform: Zoom

Providing online access to digitised archival collections is fast becoming an integral part of the work of any collecting institution, but it can also pose a number of challenges for archivists in terms of resources, skills and balancing shifting priorities. This seminar will provide the opportunity to hear from four archival practitioners about some of their strategies and approaches to publishing archival material to online platforms. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion to explore a bit further aspects such as funding, planning and project management, and technology and collaboration.

Niamh Brennan from Donegal County Council Archives will be providing insight into the archives' strategies for digitisation and access.

Jonny Dillon from the National Folklore Collection will outline www.Dú, a collaborative project between the National Folklore Collection, UCD and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU to digitise the manuscript, photographic and audio materials of the National Folklore Collection.

Ellen Murphy from the Registry of Deeds will talk about a collaborative digital project with National Records Scotland and Trinity College Dublin to explore new ways of providing online access to property records.

Liam Wylie from RTÉ Archives will discuss approaches to publishing content from RTÉ's expansive audio-visual collections.

For further details and to reserve your place please visit the link below:

Online Access To Archives - ARA Ireland Training Event



August 2020

The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARA,I) is delighted to present the second of its summer training seminars focused on digital and technical skills.

Online Training: Digital Curation and Digital Preservation

Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Time: 10:55– 12:30

Platform: Zoom

This 90-minute online session will feature two presentations on digital curation and digital preservation from Peter Clarke, Digital Services Programmer in Research Services at UCD Library, and Rachel MacGregor, Digital Preservation Officer at the Modern Records Centre in the University of Warwick.

Peter Clarke's talk will focus on digital curation and technical infrastructure and Rachel MacGregor will be looking at open source software for digital preservation, in particular Archivematica, BitCurator and DROID.

For further details and to reserve your place please visit the link below:
Online Training: Data Curation and Digital Preservation

JULY 2020

The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARA,I) is pleased to present the first in a series of two summer training seminars focused on digital and technical skills.

Online Training: AtoM Cataloguing Software and Open Refine

Date: Thursday, 23 July 2020

Time: 14:45– 16:30

Platform: Zoom

This 90-minute online session will feature two presentations on tools and software for documenting archival collections and processing metadata.

Lisa Shortall from Offaly Archives and Damien Burke from the Irish Jesuit Archives will give a joint presentation on their experiences with AtoM. AtoM (Access to Memory) is a web-based, open source application for standards-based archival description and access in a multilingual, multi-repository environment. Lisa will focus on AtoM's main features and how it is used by Offaly Archives as a multi-repository searchable interface. Damien will focus on the transference of legacy finding aids to AtoM and the creation of authority records.

Graham Jevon from the Endangered Archives Programme will be presenting on his use of Open Refine to create uniformity in metadata collected from disparate sources. The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) facilitates the digitisation of archives around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. The EAP website then provides access to these digital collections for research, education and enjoyment.

For further details and to reserve your place please visit the link below:
Online Training Seminar: AtoM Cataloguing Software and Open Refine



June 2020: Training Updates related to Covid 19

ARA, Ireland training is moving online. 
Our next two training seminars will be hosted on Zoom. We are keeping these shorter than our usual training days with two presentations programmed for each session.The first event in the series will be on AtoM cataloguing software and metadata refinement. The second will focus on digital assets management and digital preservation systems. Details and registration will be available from next week.
Training Priorities for 2021
ARA, Ireland had a number of collaborative events scheduled for this year, which unfortunately had to be postponed due to COVID-19. We are now planning to run these in 2021 and to bring our Irish members a diverse and exciting programme of seminars including:
New Professionals Training Day in collaboration with ARA New Professionals and ESB Archives.
This event will be geared towards recent graduates and professionals who are new to the archives and records management sector. Delegates will hear from established professionals, and have opportunities for networking and discussion, as well as the chance to visit ESB Archives' fantastic new facilities.
Follow-up seminar on Representation and Inclusion in Irish Archives and the Archives and Records Management sector more widely (in collaboration with UCD). 
This event is intended to complement and expand on the Diversity seminar that was held in the Irish Architectural Archives in November 2019. We aim to allow more time for discussion and engagement around issues of representation within collections, institutions and the profession itself.
Records Management training in collaboration with Information and Records Management Society, Ireland (IRMS) and the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).
Collaborative seminar/conference with NUIG Archives Department and tie-in with Explore Your Archives campaign launch.




For presentation slides of previous events, please check the "Presentation Slides" page in the drop down menu.