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Culture White Paper
On 23 March the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published the Culture White Paper. The first comprehensive Government strategy for the sector in more than fifty years, it aims to boost access to arts, heritage and culture to help improve social mobility and increase life chances across the country.
The White Paper presents many opportunities for the archives sector, and we are now planning how our initiatives can align with those in the White Paper so as to realise these benefits for archives at local and national levels.
> Read the White Paper<http://enews.nationalarchives.gov.uk/MAN-45UBT-3BQD2M-22P0SM-1/c.aspx>
DCDC16 call for papers
This year's conference will look at the varied and innovative ways in which archives, museums, libraries and academia can help realise the potential of collections and translate this into social, cultural and economic impact.
Submissions and abstracts are invited for conference papers, full panels and seminars, and should be submitted by 9 May 2016.
> DCDC call for papers<http://enews.nationalarchives.gov.uk/MAN-45UBT-3BQD2M-22MJ25-1/c.aspx>
Fundraising for Archives
'Best training event I've ever had aimed at the archive sector'
This is the fantastic response we've had so far, as we've been rolling out our first training sessions for Fundraising for Archives. Already engaging with 43 archive services across the UK, we are now opening up this exciting opportunity to even more.
We are offering seven courses on a range of topics to anybody in the sector. This dynamic series will give you the confidence and the skills to successfully secure funding for your organisation.
Places are limited and demand is high so visit our website to book your spot now.
> Book now<http://enews.nationalarchives.gov.uk/MAN-45UBT-3BQD2M-22MJ26-1/c.aspx>
ARA Volunteering Award 2016
The closing date for nominations for the ARA 2016 Volunteering Award is 10 June 2016.
Further details and a short nomination form can be found on the ARA website.
> Find out more<http://enews.nationalarchives.gov.uk/MAN-45UBT-3BQD2M-22P0SN-1/c.aspx>
The next MAPLE meeting will take place in Explore York Archives and Libraries on 16 May 2016.
Explore York Archives and Local History opened in January 2015, following the completion of the building phase of their £1.6m Heritage Lottery Funded 'York: Gateway to History' project.
This meeting will allow MAPLE members to learn about the project through a talk with archivist Victoria Hoyle and a tour of the new facility.
John Sheridan, Digital Director at The National Archives will also be there to talk about The National Archives' new digital direction.
In the afternoon there will be the chance to talk about the progress of members projects.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
> Book now<http://enews.nationalarchives.gov.uk/MAN-45UBT-3BQD2M-22MJ27-1/c.aspx>
A refreshed strategic vision
Over the coming months we will collaborate with archive professionals, key stakeholders and strategic partners from the cultural, creative and digital sectors, in order to create a new vision for a self-sustaining, highly-skilled and effective archive sector in England.
In 2015, we commissioned an independent review of the progress made since Archives for the 21st Century was published. The independent evaluation confirmed that the policy and subsequent action plans had prompted notable achievements in raising the profile of archives, increasing digital access and developing and delivering effective commercial and cultural partnerships.
The independent review highlighted some of the emerging strategic priorities identified across the sector for the period ahead:
* digital transformation
* financial resilience
* workforce capabilities
* sector leadership
The outcomes of Archives for the 21st Century demonstrated the value and positive impact of government setting a clear policy direction for the sector. The development of a national policy on archives provided a strategic vision which allowed the archive sector to find, and articulate, their place within the cultural and digital economies.
With help from the sector, we will develop a strong strategic vision to support the case for the archives as a vital part of the nation's heritage.
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