Disaster Response and Salvage Training course, last few places available

Those wonderful people from the APML have organised a bargain price half-day training session with Harwell’s at the beautiful Royal Astronomical Society in central London….

Disaster response and salvage training course

Monday 24th August 2015, at Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ

Choice of morning session (10am-1pm) or afternoon session (1.30-4.30).

Fee: £40 per person (including VAT)

Trainer: Emma Dadson, Harwell Document Recovery Services

Outline: This course will provide training on disaster planning, and will give hands-on practice in salvage tactics.

Please can you contact Sian Prosser (sp@ras.org.uk) to book a place, indicating whether you would prefer to attend in the morning or afternoon.

LSG South Study Day – In the picture: getting the most out of images inside and outside your collection

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 from 10:30 to 16:30

Held at CILIP 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE

Cost: CILIP/ARA members £35 + VAT, non-members £45 + VAT.

The 2014 Local Studies Group South Study Day will be looking at how to use images inside and outside your collection.

Sessions include:

  • English Heritage on their purchase of the Aerofilms Aerial Photographic Archive and the creation of the Britain from the Air website.
  •  The Wellcome Library will be talking about the nuts and bolts of digitisation.
  • Librarians from Bracknell Forest will be talking about putting their community’s images onto Flickr.
  • An optional tour of either the Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre or the digitisation studios at the Wellcome Library.

Cost: £35 for CILIP/ARA members and £45 for non-members. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

To book, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-the-picture-getting-the-most-out-of-images-in-your-collection-tickets-12502498309

For more information please contact Tony Pilmer via tony.pilmer@tiscali.co.uk.

The day will also include the LSG South AGM.

APML Training Session – Managing Museum Collections: a Whistle Stop Tour

Ever wondered what you should do with those strange objects in your collections – well, this is the course for you….


APML Training Session – Managing Museum Collections: a Whistle Stop Tour.

10.00am Tuesday 17th June 2014 at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 Andrews Place, NW1 4LE.

Fee for the day:  £25-£45 per person (includes VAT) depending on numbers.


Trainer: Briony Hudson



10.00am            Introductions

                        What do people want to get from the morning? (flip chart)

 10.15am            A typical museum collection

                        Materials, identification, basic rules for working with and handling objects

 10.45am            Storage

                        Packaging, storage conditions, requirements and risks

 11.15am            Cleaning and conservation

                        Preventative care, DIY cleaning, where and when to seek help

 11.30am            Tea/Coffee break

11.50am            Disaster planning

                        Basics, model plans, procedures

 12.10pm           Documentation

                        How to record what you’ve got, movement control, potential loans

 12.30pm           Display

                        Display conditions, requirements and risks


 12.50pm           Conclusion

                        Museum standards, sources of advice, what next?

 1.00pm End


To book, contact Kay Walters via KAYW@hellenist.org.uk or 020 7321 5463.

More brilliant events from ISG London & South East

The trip around the RUSI Library of Military History looks especially good – a real hidden gem…. (though as a former librarian there, I am a biased!) … plus the Herts visit (yes, you guessed it, I have worked for Herts too!)

ISG L&SE have arranged a number of visits to collections of interest over the next few months, plus a training course.  Each visit will last about two hours and is free of charge (except the Library of Birmingham tour).   Places on all tours are limited, so book early to guarantee a place.

Institution of Civil Engineers Library

Wednesday June 25th, starting at 2.30pm

This is a return visit to a collection we visited last year.  The ICE Library is the largest resource in civil engineering in the world and has been designated as being of outstanding national importance.  It houses over 130,000 volumes, 900 periodical titles from around the world, major reports and conference series, an audiovisual collection of videos and slides, and a growing e-resource collection.  There is also an extensive archive of engineer’s reports and drawings (most notably the papers of Thomas Telford) and of the Institution itself.  Our visit should take in a tour of the building, as well as an introduction to the library and the archive.


Keeping up to date with new research: skills and tools for library staff and users.  Half-Day Course joint with the Academic and Research Libraries Group, led by Karen Blakeman     Wednesday July 9th   1.30-6pm at CILIP HQ, Ridgmount Street, London

Information sources are getting more varied and the sheer volume of accessible new research is huge, but it is vital that staff and customers undertaking research keep up to date with the latest literature in their subject.

The aim of this half day course is to give attendees a good understanding of the main tools library and information staff can use, either in their own research or when helping customers, with keeping up to date with new research or searching for recent academic journal articles.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Free internet search tools
  • Using social media
  • Journal TOCS (Table of Contents) service
  • Access to Research project

Discussion sessions will give everyone the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.  This could be extended over an optional evening meal in a local hostelry afterwards.

There is a charge for this course.  For further details and to book a place, please contact Anne Hayward on hayward.anne@gmail.com


New Library of Birmingham

Friday July 11th, starting at 2pm                     

Built at a cost of £188M, the new Library of Birmingham is a massive investment for the future.  31,000 square metres, spread over ten levels, make it one of the largest public libraries in the world.   Our visit is well outside the usual L&SE area, but the new library is an exceptional development in a period of austerity and may give an opportunity for the development of new services that could be copied elsewhere.  Please note: there will be a £5 charge for the tour, payable on the day.

Hertfordshire Central Library and Information Service, Welwyn Garden City

Date to be confirmed in September.

Hertfordshire County Libraries maintain an active information service with an extensive file of hardcopy official publications, a rarity these days, and an  business information service that offers access to British Standards online: one of the very few library services still able to do so.  Come and see how an information service can be offered to a scattered and diverse population, and compare it with Birmingham.  The date has not been finalised, so let me know if you are interested in coming along, and I will send you details when available.

Royal United Services Institute Library

Tuesday October 14th

Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI is the UK’s forum for national and international defence and security.  The Library (correctly, the RUSI Library of Military History) is made up of over 30,000 volumes on military history from the Napoleonic War to current conflicts.  There is an extensive collection of materials on the First World War, so our tour complements the visits we made to the services museums earlier this year.

Architectural Association Library and Archives

Tuesday November 4th,   starting at 10.30am  – please note starting time

Another long-established collection.  Founded over 150 years ago, the Library now holds more than 45,000 volumes and 150 journal titles on all aspects of architecture, along with an extensive range on online databases and online resources.   We have also been promised tea and biscuits!  Numbers are limited to ten only, so book early to guarantee a place.

For further information on any of these visits, please contact:

Alan Power

Visits Secretary, ISG L&SE

Email: apower@buckscc.gov.uk

Tel: 08452 30 31 32

Experiences of World War One: strangers, differences and locality

Interesting looking course has just come through on the local history jisc list – only £25 and could give some good tips for local events using our collections…..

British Association for Local History (BALH)/University of London Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS)  workshop:
Experiences of World War One: strangers, differences and locality on 28 February 2014 at Senate House, University of London.

We are connected to the First World War through our family and community histories, and through the war’s impact on British and other societies. The war provided opportunities to go to new places, engage in different activities and meet people not encountered in peacetime. What were people’s experiences of different places, living under different conditions, and how did they engage with different cultures? 

This is an introduction to researching war experience and its legacy: taking individual, family and community perspectives through the prism of the local, national and international. It will raise questions such as:

how did local communities interact with colonial and Dominion troops?  in what ways did racial issues impact on local community relations during the war, and in its aftermath? what relationships evolved between communities, hospitals where colonial/Dominion troops were treated and individual soldiers? how might the war’s legacy be informed by ethnic minority histories? during the war years, and after, how was the idea of Empire experienced, understood and imagined by people in British localities? to what extent did war change European colonial victors’ views of their extended Empires? 

Themes will be illustrated by reference to sources such as newspapers, local authority records, diaries, correspondence, Imperial War Museum archives, The National Archives and websites.


10.00  registration, and coffee/tea

10:30  welcome and introduction: Professor Philip Murphy, Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS).

10:45  keynote: The relationship of locality to national and international events in the First World War. Dr Catriona Pennell (Exeter)

11:30  Local responses to ‘the other’: 1. Whose remembrance? a study of available research on communities in Britain, and the colonial experience of the First World War. Dr Suzanne Bardgett (Imperial War Museum)  2.  Responses to Black and Indian soldiers in Britain. Dr Richard Smith (Goldsmiths, University of London)

13:00   lunch

14:00 Localities, nations and Empire: Britain and Ireland in times of crisis, 1912-1922.

Professor David Killingray (Goldsmiths, University of London; and ICwS) 

15.00 Using The National Archives colonial records. Dr Mandy Banton (ICwS), 

15.45  final discussion, and tea.

For flyer, further details and registration: