Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland

Annual Conference:  29 to 31 August 2018, Glasgow, UK

Call for Papers: ‘People make Records’

The Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland will hold its 2018 Conference in Glasgow between 29 and 31 August 2018. Appropriately, our theme is ‘People Make Records’. Well we couldn’t possibly go to Glasgow and ignore its famous ‘People make Glasgow’ strapline: people-driven industry, innovation, culture and heritage; a meeting place of people from all cultures yet distinctively Scottish.

Our venue for 2018 – the Grand Central Hotel - encapsulates all of these virtues. A refurbished nineteenth-century railway hotel in the heart of the city, it positively oozes history. In 1927 it was the Glasgow destination for John Logie Baird’s first-ever broadcast of television pictures in the UK – sent over 400 miles on telephone lines from London. The list of famous guests includes Laurel & Hardy, Frank Sinatra, John F Kennedy, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

We invite proposals for the Conference. As usual there will be streams encompassing archives and records, conservation, and digital preservation. Contributions are welcomed from across the UK and Ireland, and from colleagues in the global recordkeeping community.


Within the overall ‘People Make Records’ theme, we have developed a specific topic for each day, with each of these allowing the opportunity to discuss plenty of questions. 

People in the records

Do records reflect their communities? Do records represent the people who create them? Do people trust the authenticity of their records? Who decides on the selection and appraisal or the preservation and conservation of records in their community? Where should records be located?

People looking after records

Who are the record-keepers and conservators? Do we have the skills we need? Is the current training model fit for purpose? Is the profession diverse enough? What code of ethics should record keepers adopt? What is the role of volunteers?

People using records

How do we increase awareness of records and encourage engagement from more users? Are we approachable enough to users and people in the records? What models might we adopt to increase diversity of users? Does archival and conservation practice limit rather than promote access? What do current users require from archives and records in the twenty-first century?


You can participate in the following ways:

  • Individual contributions – presentations of 20 minutes
  • Panel sessions – up to three speakers presenting related papers on a specific theme or topic
  • ‘30 minute makeover’ – practical workshops, demonstrations or tutorials
  • Lightening talks – pitch your big idea or burning issue in quick-fire five minute presentations
  • Posters – an opportunity to highlight your research in our poster session


In forming your proposal:

  • Try to connect your proposal to the theme and remember that it’s about people!
  • We are keen to stimulate debate so try to be creative and think about how your paper might achieve this
  • If you are considering a panel sessions, try to mix speakers from other professional disciplines, or different geographical and institutional backgrounds.



You can make your conference submissions online using this link:

Please email if you require any assistance.

Informal discussion of your proposal with members of the Conference Committee is encouraged. Please contact 



The deadline for submission is Wednesday 13 December 2017

Notification invitations to speak will be confirmed by Friday 9 February 2018

Final presentations must be emailed to conference organisers by Monday 20 August 2018

All speakers will be reimbursed travel expenses (up to £100) and will receive free conference registration for the day on which they are speaking.