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Collect and Connect: Managing small archive collections



Collect and Connect is a free one day workshop for community-based collecting groups managing small archive collections.

Delivered by Bruce Smith, an archivist with many years of professional and teaching experience, the session will provide participants with the basic fundamentals of managing and providing access to small archive collections. Participants will also get the opportunity to participate in practical exercises.  

Training topics include:

  • Understanding my collection
                  – surveying a collection
                  – Acquisition
                 – Arrangement and description
  • Managing Archives
                 – Collection management systems
  • Providing Access to your collection

Resources to support caring for your collection

Many community based organisation across Victoria care for and provide access to records that provide insight into the history of our state, its people and the events that have shaped it.  The groups that are collecting this material are often small volunteer run organisations with limited resources, including historical societies, sporting clubs, community museums and charities.  Through these training materials, we hope to provide valuable information that can help these community collecting groups better manage and care for their collections and contribute in a small way to the amazing work these groups are doing in maintaining our state’s cultural heritage.

Topics covered

  1. What are Archives?
  2. Developing an Archives Policy – what are we collecting and why?
  3. Acquisition – how to develop my collection
  4. Documenting my Collection – arrangement and description
  5. Access and Copyright
  6. Preservation and Conservation – caring for your collection
  7. Just digitise it – digitising your collection

The following training materials have been developed by Bruce Smith, Archive Research Consultancy behalf of Public Record Office Victoria.

Public Record Office Victoria acknowledges the assistance of the Community Heritage Grants in funding the development of these materials.  Community Heritage Grants are jointly funded and supported by the National Library of Australia,  the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Upcoming events 

There are no upcoming training events scheduled

Other training and information sessions

Koorie Archival Support Program

Research seminars

Recordkeeping training

Our Events calendar lists these and other training opportunities.

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