You’ve all heard of the expression Physician Heal Thyself? Well now we have Archivist Appraise Thyself! ARA Ireland are running a new month long campaign in October encouraging our members to take stock of their mental health, and to start learning new habits to improve it, while also recognising the pitfalls of our profession which may lead to strain on our well being.
Why now? ARA Ireland have for some time been aware of and concerned about the pressures faced by our members. In the normal course of our work we face many challenges including physical and sometimes emotional isolation, lack of understanding and support of our work from colleagues, external pressure to provide access to closed records, internal pressure to destroy/close records we feel should be open, pressure to do our jobs with limited resources, and pressure to be Jacks and Jills of all trades. Over the course of the last 18 months, we as a profession have faced additional pressures to upskill and pivot, to provide more services online, to do less with more, and in some cases have either had to cover for colleagues who have lost their jobs, or have lost jobs ourselves. Our personal lives have also been under strain, with many facing additional challenges of caring for family members, working from home in unsuitable conditions while juggling school education for young ones, and in some tragic cases dealing with the loss of loved ones which have either been caused or exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic, and related restrictions.
As a result, ARA Ireland have launched a new campaign for the month of October, centered around World Mental Health Day (10th October). As part of this new campaign, we are delighted to bring you a presentation from the wonderful people at Heartfulness Ireland on Wednesday 6th of October, carefully customised to address the worries, stresses and strains of members in our profession. This 45 minute presentation on self-compassion will look at how we manage stress, the evolution of us as a species, and how this has led to us sabotaging our mental health. It will be followed by a 15 minute meditation session. We hope as many of you as possible attend.
You can register here. (Please register by Tuesday 5th October, 7pm. A Zoom link for the event will then be sent to all attendees.)
Throughout the month we will also be posting short audio/video clips. The posts will include information on the benefits of meditation in terms of physiological and emotional benefits and will cover Heartfulness Relaxation, Heartfulness Meditation and Heartfulness Rejuvenation. More information on this event and on the month long campaign #ArchivistAppraiseThyself will be coming soon.
In the meantime, mind yourselves, tabhairigí aire and we hope to see you online very soon.
As part of their contribution to the Decade of Centenaries and based on their own holdings, the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) will be holding a series of Treaty-related monthly talks. The first will take place on 23 September next and will be a joint event co-hosted with the National Library in Kildare Street, under the umbrella of the Dublin Festival of History. 'Bring me into the spotlight of a London conference: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty' is a lecture by Dr Anne Dolan and Dr William Murphy, and moderated by David McCullagh.
For more information on this online talk see here.
More information on the NAI's Autumn/Winter series and on their major Anglo-Irish Treaty exhibition opening on 6 December next in Dublin Castle to follow.
The Archives and Records Association, Ireland are delighted to announce a new social media campaign to take place annually on the 1st July, beginning this year. Based on the theme of diaspora, and using the campaign hashtag #ArchiveDiaspora, individuals and institutions across Ireland and around the world are invited to share material from their archives which relate to Irish people both famous and forgotten, who left these shores for a life abroad, as well as material relating to those who have chosen to make Ireland their home.
Celebrate the wonderful, the whacky, the brave, and the banal, the intrepid explorer, and the wayfaring stranger!
The campaign aims to encourage the public to access and explore collections, while also highlighting the rich material in archives all across Ireland and Internationally. It also hopes to raise awareness of the wealth and variety of material that exists within the community at large, and the importance of ensuring it is collected and preserved for future generations.
In conjunction with the Tower Museum Derry-Londonderry
An online event looking at the important role played by archives in understanding the events leading to the creation of Northern Ireland.
On Thursday 28th January 2021 at 7pm GMT, join former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, Catriona Crowe, in discussion with a specialist panel of experts. The panel will explore the importance of archives in informing our knowledge of the period surrounding the partition of Ireland.
The free online event is part of a programme of events in conjunction with the Tower Museum Derry-Londonderry's latest exhibition 'Dividing Ireland - The Origins, Impact and Legacy of Partition'. Catriona will be joined by Stephen Scarth, Head of Public Services at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Elizabeth McEvoy, archivist at the National Archives of Ireland, with special responsibility for education and outreach and Michael Keane, archivist for the Military Service Pensions Project at the Military Archives.
For more information and to register for free see here.
Online talk: ‘Collecting in a Crisis: Rapid Response Web and Social Media Archiving’
DRI-NAI joint event: 19.00–20.00 GMT
The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in collaboration with the National Archives,Ireland (NAI) will host an online webinar on rapid response web and social media archiving as part of their joint ongoing public lecture series on digital archiving.
Digital archivists have played an essential role on the front lines of the work to document the pandemic as it plays out online and their continuous collaborative efforts will ensure that records of the social, cultural and economic impact of this crisis will be preserved for future generations.
The two key seminar speakers are Nicola Bingham (Lead Curator for Web Archives at the British Library) and Valerie Love (Senior Digital Archivist at the Alexander Turnbull Library, a division of the National Library of New Zealand). The former will describe the work of the UK Web Archive in collecting websites that reflect the UK perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic while the latter will give an overview of the Library’s Digital Collecting and Legal Deposit teams’ efforts to collect and preserve public responses to the crisis across social media platforms.
The event will take place over Zoom Webinar. It will be recorded and live streamed to Facebook but audience members will not be visible in the recording.
Register for free here.
Special Webinar: ‘Days Like This’ Reflections on President Clintons visit to Northern Ireland, 30th November 1995
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and ARK invite you to a special webinar to mark the 25th Anniversary of the historic visit of President Clinton to Northern Ireland in 1995. Register for free here.
27th March 2020
Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, 18:30-20:00 GMT
A Public Symposium on the Importance of Preserving our Archives for Future Generations
Archives are a window into the past. They are unique records which document the decisions and actions of individuals and organisations. Once lost, archives cannot be replaced.
Mr Justice John Hedigan, Chair of the National Archives Advisory Council
Seán Carabini, Fórsa
Hazel Menton and Niamh McDonnell, Fórsa Archivist’s Branch
Anne Dolan, Dept of History, Trinity College Dublin
Fintan O’Toole, author and journalist
Catriona Crowe, archivist and broadcaster
This symposium and open forum will bring attention to Ireland’s abandoned archives which are currently at risk of being lost forever because they are not being properly acquired, preserved and made accessible by the state. These are the stories we can’t tell.
A 2019 report—‘National Archives: A Comparative Management Survey’—highlighted the deficiency in archive legislation in Ireland and the lack of staff and resources available to the National Archives to enable it to carry out its statutory functions of acquiring, preserving and providing access to public records created by the government.
Speakers will highlight the urgent need for a whole-of-government approach to records management to preserve the story of Ireland for generations to come.
Archives & Records Association, Ireland
Information & Records Management Society, Ireland
Irish Association of Professional Historians
Irish Society for Archives
Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
For more details and to register for the event please click here.
Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Conference
The McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast
The Digital Repository of Ireland and Queen's University Belfast are hosting the third DPASSH (Digital Preservation in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) as a one-day symposium on 5 December 2019 in Belfast.
DPASSH is a response to the problem of digital preservation within the arts and social sciences domains. The theme of DPASSH 2019 is ‘Practical Approaches to Open Research in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences’. The event will feature a keynote address entitled: ‘Future of open research and its impact on Humanities and Social Science’, by Martin Eve Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck; CEO at Open Library of Humanities.
Topics covered in the panels will include:
– Practical approaches to Open Research in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
– Identifying what research data is in the domain of ASSH
– Collaborations between researchers and cultural heritage
– ‘FAIR-ifying’ your research data.
This year, the Explore Your Archive campaign will run from 23rd November to 1st December.
Throughout the week archives across the country will open their doors to showcase their collections, to help the public discover a piece of Irish history and culture through tours, presentations and workshops.
For more information please consult the EYA Campaign page in the drop down menu.