Third keynote speaker announced – Martyn Sibley
More on this year’s venue: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Support a new professional: contribute to a bursary at our mydonate page
Special tour of Glasgow School of Art temporary repository: spaces limited
Just shy of 100 people have already registered for this year’s conference, meaning that we are on course to break last year’s record attendance in Manchester. Sign up now and be part of the main gathering of the records profession in the UK and Ireland this year.
We have already announced our first two keynote speakers: Michelle Caswell of the University of California, Los Angeles and Professor Gus John, leading thinkers and advocates for strengthening the voice of the marginalised and victims of injustice.
Third keynote speaker announced
In keeping with this year’s theme of ‘People Make Records’, we are delighted to announce the third Conference keynote speaker, Martyn Sibley.
Martyn is one of the UK’s most prominent activists and advocates for the disabled. Describing himself as ‘…a regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)’ - which means that he cannot walk, lift anything heavier than a book or shower himself - Martyn is nonetheless an entrepreneur, an author and generally dedicated to pushing the boundaries wherever and whenever he finds them.
A tireless optimist and positive thinker, Martyn runs Disability Horizons: check out the extraordinary range of activities and issues he addresses at disabilityhorizons.com He is also the author of the inspiring book, ‘Everything is Possible’, which details his global travels to places like Mexico, Catalonia, what he experienced and how he overcame barriers: it is both amusing and revealing in equal measure. He also happens to have a degree in economics and a masters in marketing.
For anyone seeking to better understand and serve the disabled community, which should be all of us, Martyn is a ‘must-hear’ at this year’s Conference, and we feel fortunate and privileged that he has agreed to join us. He will pepper us with ideas on how to rethink our approach to disability and how we engage disabled people as individuals and as a community, addressing issues such as accessibility, creativity and inclusion. Look out for more details in the next edition of ARC magazine.
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Our venue this year is a living historical archive. The Grand Central Hotel (also known by its original name, the Central Hotel), is slap-bang in the centre of the city and sits just across from the platforms at the main Glasgow Central railway station. (So, if you are coming to Conference by train this year, dispel any notion of a hike to the venue, dragging your bags in the rain, or having to look for a bus or taxi).
In its pre and post-war heyday, the Central was one of Glasgow's most prestigious hotels, hosting residents like Frank Sinatra, Laurel & Hardy (twice) and Winston Churchill. Originally designed by the revivalist Scottish architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, in Queen Anne style, the hotel was completed in 1883. It was extended along with the railway station between 1901 and 1906, this time by another of Scotland’s most remarkable architects, James Miller, whose legacy to Glasgow’s wider architectural heritage is perhaps unmatched.
The Central is perhaps most famous for being the place that received the world's first long-distance television pictures, transmitted from London on 24 May 1927 by the renowned Scottish engineer and father of television, John Logie Baird.
In June 2009, the Principal Hayley Group acquired the Central and refurbished it with great sympathy for its art-deco heritage. It is protected as a category A listed building, and the corridors feature numerous photographs of the hotel’s past and its (very many) notable guests.
Thanks to the generosity of ARA members, we have already hit the target for one crowd-funded bursary for a new professional to attend Conference this year. Sincere thanks to each and every person who made a donation. As announced last time, we are now hoping
to offer a second bursary. So, if you were thinking about donating but have not done so yet, now’s your chance. As ARC goes to press, we are already around half way to a second bursary. It’s simple to donate: just visit our mydonate webpage at: https://mydonate.bt.com/
A special side event – Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections
As mentioned last time, we are working with the internationally-renowned Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Archives and Collections to organise a bespoke tour on the afternoon of http://www.gsaarchives.net/of the school’s archives and collections for around two hours. These are currently housed in a temporary facility in the Whisky Bond while the school’s renowned Rennie Mackintosh building in central Glasgow is restored following the devastating fire in 2014 that destroyed, among other things, the school’s iconic library (though not its archive). To learn more about the collection, visit:
For anyone interested in rescue and recovery of records and the practical challenges of emergency evacuation and service restoration, this is a most valuable opportunity. We will be hosted by GSA’s outstanding archives and collections team. Space limitations mean that we can accommodate a maximum of 15 people on this tour. Contact: [log in to unmask] to sign up. If you are one of the hundred or so who registered to attend Conference as ‘early-birds’, you will have priority.
Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland)
ARA Annual Conference 2018
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
29 August – 31 August
20 Canon Street
The Information contained in this email is confidential. It is for the
exclusive use of the intended recipient(s) and not for circulating
without agreement. If you are not the intended recipient(s) you are
hereby notified that any circulation or copying of this email is
strictly prohibited. Any opinions expressed may be those of the
individual and not necessarily the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland).
Charity Registered in England and Wales Number 1041063
Charity Registered in Scotland Number SC041671
Registered Company Limited by Guarantee in England and Wales Number 2969472
Registered Office: Ground Floor, Blackbrook Gate 1, Blackbrook
Business Park, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2PX
To view the list archives go to: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=RECORDS-MANAGEMENT-UK To unsubscribe from this list, send an email to [log in to unmask] with the words UNSUBSCRIBE RECORDS-MANAGEMENT-UK For any technical queries re JISC please email [log in to unmask] For any content based queries, please email [log in to unmask]