Thanks for visiting ARALearning, the new blog from ALES!

My name is Alex, and I’m the current Chair of the ALES committee. ALES is the Archives for Learning and Education Section of the Archives and Records Association (ARA). The section committee is a group of volunteers who are all passionate about using archives to support learning and teaching activities. We have representatives in education outreach positions, working at HE institutions, digital heritage specialists and former teachers. As a result, we have a broad interpretation of what learning and education means and are always interested to hear the diverse and innovative ways our section members, and the wider archives and education communities, put archives to use.

We’ve started this blog as a way of sharing information with our members, and the wider public, in a more informal way. We run regular events, are involved with other organisations, and often come across useful resources and case studies from within the sector and beyond, all of which we’d like to share. We already have an active presence on the ARA website, which we will continue to update with news of our events and our official publications.

At our January 2019 training event ‘Archives and Learning for All’, what became apparent was a real passion for this kind of work within the community, and a desire to share and network more effectively. We hope that this blog becomes a space to share and discuss the things we all come across as we go about our work – that extends to our members and followers too so we’d love to hear from you if you’ve read an interesting article, completed an exciting project or stumbled across a valuable resource.

Over time, we hope that ARALearning will become a valuable resource in itself for seeking information and inspiration for using archives to support learning activities, in any setting, and with any type of learner.

If you’d like to learn more about ALES, including how to become a member, and enjoy advanced notification of and reduced costs for attending our events, you can visit the ARA website, or get in touch with us at ales@archives.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter: @ARALearning.