ArchI’ve Learnt: Engaging with Archives (ARA Scotland Workshop)

Are you looking for new ways to engage children or students with your collections?  This event will provide those working in archives with ideas and inspiration by showing some of the resources already available in Scotland and examples of what has worked in other archives.  Whether you have years of experience of using your collections as educational material or are wondering where to start, we would love to welcome you to discuss the possibilities!  With presentations from learning and engagement professionals from Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Council on Archives, the University of Dundee, the National Records of Scotland and the Highland Archive Service, there will be something of interest to everyone at this event.

Price: Free for ARA Members; £20.00 for non-members.

Registration: To book a place please contact


10:30 – Registration and coffee

11:00 – Introduction

11:15 – “SCRAN – Archival Ingredients for Learning”
Jackie Sangster, Learning Manager, Historic Environment Scotland

11:45 – “The Dramatic Archive”
Douglas Roberts, Education Development Officer, Scottish Council on Archives

12:15 – Lunch (not included)

1:15 – “Inform, inspire, illuminate: using archives in university teaching”
Dr Jan Merchant, Senior Archivist, University of Dundee

1:45 – “Go Forth! Digital learning resources: from glass plates to 3D scans”
Tessa Spencer, Head of Learning, National Records of Scotland

2:30 – Tea/coffee

2:45 – “Mining the Archives: inspiring creative writing in Highland schools”
Lorna Steele, Community Engagement Officer, Highland Archive Service

3:15 – Q&A session with all speakers

3:45 – Close