Community Archives and Heritage Group Conference

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the Community Archives and Heritage Group’s (CAHG) 13th annual conference. This free day of presentations, workshops and poster displays will be held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow  on Wednesday 10 July 2019. Places will be limited and we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment!

The conference will be co-hosted by the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), Glasgow City Archives and the Scottish Council on Archives and aims to provide a platform for volunteers, community groups and professionals to learn from one another, share experiences and create future working partnerships. This will be the first time the conference has been to Scotland and we hope you can join us to celebrate the richness and diversity of community archives across the UK and Ireland.

This year’s theme is on migration in community archives and will feature Omar Shaikh, founder of Colourful Heritage, as the conference’s keynote speaker. The provisional programme also currently features:

  • Larysa Bolton and Dr Alexander Mitchell – Protest, pysanky and pechevo: scoping the archive of the Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain
  • Caroline Catchpole (The National Archives) and Bette Baldwin (Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Community Archive) – Moving memories, moving data: manage your collections and Discovery
  • Lorna Elms (Irish Community Archive Network) and Hazel Morrison-Pagett (Moycullen Heritage Group) – Bringing home the Irish diaspora: the community archive as conduit, connector and catalyst
  • Catherine Gillies (Scottish Community Heritage Alliance) – We are all in it together!
  • Mia Gubbay (Glasgow Museums) – Collecting around Kurdish cultural heritage: questions, challenges and experiences
  • Harvey Kaplan (Scottish Jewish Archives Centre) – Documenting Jewish immigrants and refugees in Scotland: the work of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
  • Don Gray and Dom Miller-Graham (OurStory Scotland) – Coming in: archiving stories of migration and identity in the LGBT+ community
  • Jo Robson (The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust) and Zara Hakobyan (Aratta) – Community-led collecting: Decentring the Power of the Archive

The day will also reveal the winners of the annual CAHG Awards and will be rounded up with a ‘One Minute Mayhem’ segment where delegates have a 60-second ‘soap-box’ opportunity to share their news and views on any aspect of community archives. Delegates can opt in to this during the registration process. Lunch is also provided as part of the day and any dietary requirements can be noted during registration.

Finally, as part of this year’s conference, we are giving groups the opportunity to design and display their own A2 poster showcasing their activities and projects. We can provide guidelines, templates and examples of posters and will professionally print your poster for display during the conference. Your poster will be available after the conference for your group to use in future outreach events. You can register interest during sign-up.

9.45 Registration
10.00 Welcome

Dr Irene O’Brien, Glasgow City Archivist

10.10 Keynote – Capture, Celebrate, Inspire: Preserving our Heritage by Community Engagement and Participation

Omar Shaikh, Project Founder, Colourful Heritage

10.40 Morning Break (tea and coffee)
11.10 Documenting Jewish Immigrants and Refugees in Scotland: the Work of the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre

Harvey L. Kaplan, Director, Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

11.35 Moving Memories, Moving Data: manage your collections and Discovery   

Caroline Catchpole, Digital Development Officer, The National Archives

11.50 CAHG Awards: Introduction & Awards

Nick Barratt – Sticks Research Agency

11.50 Introduction

11.55 Winner: Gathering Heritage

12.00 Winner: Young People

12.05 Winner: Community Engagement

12.10 Overall winner – to be announced

12.20 CAHG AGM

Jane Golding, CAHG Chair

12.30-13.20 Lunch
13.20 Protest, Pysanky and Pechevo: scoping the archive of the Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain

Larysa Bolton & Dr Alexandra Mitchell, Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain

13.55 Community-led collecting: Decentring the Power of the Archive of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust

Jo Robson, Archivist, The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and Zara Hakobyan, Project Manager, Aratta

14.20 Collecting around Kurdish Cultural Heritage: Questions, Challenges and Experiences

Mia Gubbay, Glasgow Museums and members of Kurdish Unity

Coming In: Moving Stories of Migration and Identity in the LGBT+ Community

Don Gray and Dom Miller-Graham, OurStory Scotland

14.55 Comfort break
15.05 Bringing Home the Irish Diaspora: the Community Archive as Conduit, Connector and Catalyst

Lorna Elms, Irish Community Archive Network & Hazel Morrison-Pagett, Moycullen Heritage Group

15.30 We are all in it together!

Catherine Gillies, Scottish Community Heritage Alliance

Nicola McHendry, Heritage and Community Development Manager, Maryhill Burgh Halls

15.55 One Minute Mayhem
16.05 Closing Remarks

John Pelan, Director, Scottish Council on Archives

16.15 Close