Archives and Records Association, UK & Ireland

Annual Conference:  28 to 30 August 2019, Leeds, UK

Call for Papers: ‘Recordkeeper 3.0’


The Archives and Records Association, UK & Ireland invites proposals for its 2019 Conference to be held in Leeds between 28 and 30 August 2019. Drawing on one of the sub-themes from the 2018 Conference  - ‘People looking after records’ - we will be concentrating on our profession with the title RECORDKEEPER 3.0. This presents the opportunity for us to continue the debate on diversity in our sector, look at where we are now, and ask what archivists, conservators, and records managers will be doing in the future. We will also revisit the #ARAGlasgowManifesto and look to showcase what the ARA Northern Region has to offer.

Our venue for 2019 will be the Queens Hotel – built for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in the 1930s, it’s a Grade II listed building full of art deco period detail and character. The hotel is right next to the main railway station in Leeds, and in the heart a vibrant city centre.


There will be the usual range of sessions encompassing archives and records, conservation, digital preservation and records management. And as we did in Glasgow, within the overall ‘Recordkeeper 3.0’ theme there will be a specific topic for each day which will allow us to explore more specific areas and issues. 

Our Careers

What attributes does the 21st century recordkeeper need? As well as the traditional theoretical knowledge and skills, what about others such as coding, legal, advocacy and entrepreneurship? And how might Artificial Intelligence change the way that we do our jobs? Do current models of training met these requirements as well as providing appropriate pathways for those who want to become recordkeepers in the future?

Our Profession

What is the role of professional bodies? What does ARA do and how might we encourage more people to be involved? Are there risks to de-professionalisation? How to we support recordkeepers in their daily work? What about the ethical code under which we operate?

Our Workplace

What is our role within organisations? How do we make the case for recordkeeping? How are we affected by financial cuts and resource constraints? And what about our pay and the prevalence of short-term contracts?

These questions are merely suggestive of potential areas that could be included. Now it’s over to you! Why not submit a proposal on something that you would like to have debated at #ARA2019.


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
  • Lightning 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
  • 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.
Contributions are welcomed from across the UK and Ireland, and from colleagues in the global recordkeeping community.


You can make your conference submissions online using this link:

Please contact if you require any assistance or would like to informally discuss your proposal.


The deadline for submissions is Sunday 16 December 2018

Notification invitations to speak will be confirmed in the week beginning 11 February 2019

The programme will be published on Monday 18 February 2019 and conference registration will open

Final presentations must be emailed to conference organisers by Monday 19 August 2019


All speakers will receive free conference registration for the day on which they are presenting. We are unable to pay accommodation costs, but speakers will be reimbursed travel expenses up to a maximum of £100