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Managing your Collections Training – 9th July

Gloucestershire Archives are running a series of practical hands on training sessions throughout July to help equip the local community with skills to look after their own heritage. On Tuesday 9th July, 9.30am – 1pm they are running a free training session on managing digital and paper based collections, including photographs, at the Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW. The training is free and open to all and the venue is fully accessible. This course is aimed at people with little or no previous archive or record keeping knowledge and is ideal if you are looking after family or community archives that you would like to preserve and share with others. Booking is essential to gain your free space.

What's involved?

The free morning training session will cover an introduction to managing your collections as well as preserving digital collections. It is ideal if you have little or no previous experience of managing archives but have found yourself the ‘keeper’ of a community of even family archive. The training will cover the basic skills needed to help you decide what to collect and how to organise and keep track of it, as well as tried and tested methods for involving the local community in the archives and helping other people to explore and enjoy them. The training will also cover specific information relating to digital archives to ensure that they are kept securely and can be accessed in the future.


Everyone is welcome to attend this training, but places are limited so booking is essential.

Why get involved?

This training will equip you with both the theoretical and practical skills needed to look after a community or family archive, so whether you are the keeper of your family photographs or the records for your club, group or society you will find the training useful. It is also a great taster for anyone thinking of going into heritage or archival work who would like to learn more about what might be involved. The training is also a great chance to meet people that also have an interest in archives, so you might find new friends or mutual support for the tricky problems that being a keeper of archives can throw up.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Wait for a reply from the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub.

Ideal Skills

  • Archiving
  • Conservation
  • Languages
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Photography
  • Project Management
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Research
  • Working independently
  • Working with Databases
  • Test skill

Ideal Interests

  • Archiving
  • Business and management
  • Community Work
  • Computers and Technology
  • Conservation
  • Creative and Arts
  • Learning and Education
  • Teaching and Training
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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