British Library’s ‘Newspaper Moves’ Strategy workshop

AfL members may be interested to attend the above event, to be held on Thursday 13 October, 1030 – 12.00.

Taken from the flyer for the event;

'In 2013 the British Library’s hard copy newspaper collections are scheduled to move from the current Colindale site to a planned Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. Future access to the newspaper collection will be via microfilm and digitised copies in a dedicated Newspaper Reading Room at St Pancras.

Join us for a workshop to provide you with an update on the progress made by the Newspaper Moves strategy, along with a preview of the service currently being developed for St Pancras.

As a regular user of the newspaper collections, this session will give you the opportunity to give us feedback on the strategy, to help us manage the transition as smoothly as possible and help users adapt to access arrangements in the future.

If you would like to attend this session please RSVP to'

Conference booking

Conference booking now open!

AfL is pleased to announce that booking is now open for its' annual conference 'Learning in London'. This year,  the conference is being held on Saturday 29 October and we have a full program of speakers and a panel session for delegates to enjoy.

Read the Press Release and Speaker Biographies

We are also particularly pleased to be able to offer several discounted student places, subject to completion of an application form, personal statement and a written report of the day for used in our newsletter.

More details of the speakers, how to book and how to apply for a student place and all be found on our conference page

Archives and Records Association, London Region Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting to be held in Room STC.S421, London School of Economics, on 11 July 2011


6.15 Arrivals

6.30 AGM and election of officers

6.50 Update from John Chambers, Executive Director of ARA

7.05 A Picture is worth a Thousand Words: three talks on different aspects of photographs in archives

- Ann Fenech (University College London) – The lifetime of colour photographs in mixed archival collections

- Martin Devereux (British Postal Museum and Archive) – Photograph cataloguing at the British Postal Museum and Archive

- Steven Cable (The National Archives) – ‘Africa through a lens’ and the Dixon-Scott Collection

8.00 Close. Members are welcome to join the regional committee for drinks at a local pub.

Room STC.S421 is on the 4th floor of the St Clements Building on Clare Market. For a map and directions, see: Nearest Tube stations: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines) or Temple (Circle and District lines).

Please email the Secretary to indicate your attendance or send your apologies:

AfL and Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

The London Borough of Camden is proposing radical changes to Camden’s Local Studies and Archives service in their report The Future Shape of Library Service and Implementation Programme that goes to Camden’s Scrutiny Committee on Monday 6 June 2011 and to Cabinet on Wednesday 8 June.

To read the report and for more information on the implications of what it contains, please click here

Hammersmith and Fulham Archives – Opening Hours

Archives and Local History Centre Re-opens

We are pleased to announce the launch of a limited access service, administered by London Metropolitan Archives, from Wednesday, 15 June 2011.

· The Centre will be open on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 10am to 4pm

· Access is by appointment only, and places are limited. To book a seat, please call 020 7332 3820 or email

· For other enquiries please contact London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB; email; tel 020 7332 3820. Please mention that your enquiry relates to Hammersmith and Fulham Archives

· Written enquiries will receive a reply within 20 working days

Training Day – Big Society and Big Challenges

Charity archives in a changing world – 11 July 2011

Following the successful Annual Conference of the BRA last December about records of charity and philanthropy, a training day on this theme has been organised jointly by the BRA and the Charity Archivists and Records Managers (CHARM).

Some of the topics to be covered through a mix of presentations and discussion during the day will be the following, How will current national economic dilemmas affect the survival of these records and where do charities sit in the present ‘Big Society’ vision? In what ways can effective marketing and advocacy be promoted to stakeholders, internally and externally? How do FOI and transparency balance with data protection and accountability in this sector and what are the pros and cons of using volunteers and professional staff? Are there cost effective approaches to preserving electronic and digital records? The day will offer an opportunity for those in the charitable sector responsible for the preservation and access of these records to discuss approaches to such key issues.

Those taking part will include Sean Creighton (Agenda Services: Community Heritage & Organisational projects support), Elizabeth Dawson (Archives and Records Consultant), Philip Gale (The National Archive), Kathleen Kinrade and Karen Stapley (Girl Guiding), Kathleen Mc Murray (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service), Jill Roberts (Leonard Cheshire Disability), Mark Thomson (British Red Cross), Ian Wakeling (Children’s Society), and Sue Worrell (Birmingham University and Voluntary Action History Society). After the final session, participants are invited to accompany Sean Creighton who will lead a short history walk around the area, with an emphasis on collective, mutual action and social justice campaigning

The final programme can be found on the BRA web site.

The event will take place in the Grand Officers Robing Room, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

The cost of the training day is £45, which will include a buffet lunch. Please apply by sending a cheque, payable to ‘The British Records Association’, to Maria Evans, Office Manager, British Records Association, c/o Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Please let Maria know of any special dietary requirements and whether a receipt is required. 


GAME ON! Training Day – Winning Endeavours

AfL is pleased to announce a Training Day from the Big Wheel Theatre Company for Teachers (qualified and training, Heritage Education Officers, Freelancers, and anyone planning to deliver learning activities based on the theme of sport and the Olympics.

The event is running from 10.00 to 4.30pm on 6 June 2011. For more details on booking your place, see the flyer.

The event is provided in conjunction with our new website

Centre for the Historical Record Event

Providing Public History: Challenges and Opportunities The Centre for the Historical Record is a new initiative at Kingston University which promotes collaborative research and knowledge exchange between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public

To mark the launch of this new Centre, you are invited to a workshop and discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing providers and researchers in the 21st Century and to contribute to the direction this important new Centre should take.

Registration is free, but book online as space are limited.

For more information, Click Here

Archives for London at London Maze

Interested in London’s local history? Then make sure you come along to London Maze – the free local history fayre for London on Saturday 16 April from 10:00am until 4:00pm at the Guildhall (

Visit AfL’s stand and find out about our exclusive programme of activities that help people get more out of London’s archives. If you’re not already a member og AfL you can join then and there to gain advance and discounted booking on our events.

With dozens of stalls from libraries, archives, museums and local history societies, specialist talks, guided walks and a wide range of activities this fun and educational free event had something for everyone.

Look forward to seeing you!

AfL Healthcheck

Following our recent article in the Archives and Records Association Newsletter, the AfL archive healthcheck form is now available our website.

The AfL archives healthcheck has been designed to help archive services identify key information and opportunities in light of current economic and political environment. It will also inform AfL’s advocacy activities.

See our healthcheck page for more details!

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