Helping you to attend Conference?

Best value in the sector

The ARA Conference is the best-value event of its kind in the sector: the full delegate fee includes accommodation, food and a concentrated three-day programme. Delegate fees for 2020 are the lowest since 2013. At the same time, the Conference committee recognises the difficulty many members face in finding the finances or time off to attend. It has therefore developed special day-attendance fees and bursaries to help people attend who might not otherwise be able.

The bursaries

Full bursaries cover full Conference attendance (the three-day programme, two nights’ accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and three meals a day) and travel expenses of up to £100.

We have four types of bursary this year:

A.            ARA Bursaries

To apply you must be an individual member of the Association who has been a member for at least one year and who is, at the closing date for applications, either a student member, a full member, an overseas member or is registered on the conservation certificate course. Four full ARA Bursaries are available.

B.            New Professionals Bursary

One full bursary is available for members of the ARA Section for New Professionals who have never attended an ARA conference or received an ARA bursary of any sort. The funds for this bursary are raised by crowd-funding.

C.           Ancestry Bursaries

Four bursaries are available through our Premier Conference sponsors

These bursaries are available to archivists, including archive managers, company archivists, principal archivists and collection managers from a local authority archive who have either never attended the ARA Conference before or have not attended in the last three years (ie were not at Leeds 2019, Glasgow 2018 or Manchester 2017).

D.            Diversity Bursaries 

One full bursary is available for ARA members or non-members who do not have a postgraduate qualification in archives and records and have a Black and Minority Ethnic background

Three day-bursaries (ie, to attend one Conference day of choice) are available for ARA members or non-members with or without a postgraduate qualification in archives and records and who are from a Black and Ethnic Minority background.

Speakers at Conference are eligible to apply for any bursary if they meet the relevant criteria.