28 - 30 August 2024
    Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (BCEC)

We are delighted to invite you to the

2024 Annual Conference of the

Thank you for your interest in joining us for the ARA Conference 2024, in Birmingham! Please visit this website to submit your abstract, register and find our more about the venues and plans for Birmingham.   

WARNING! FAKE Reservation Service trying to SCAM conference delegates & speakers 

We have become aware of a scam where an organisation is pretending to be the designated travel agency for the conference organisers and is emailing invited speakers. If you receive emails from Travelpyoneer / Travel Housing Team, please be careful.

Please ignore the emails and do not reply nor click on any link given by them. 

You can also block the domain on your email client. This company is NOT a service partner of ARA. The appointed ARA conference organisers team (Madalina, Rose, Celia, Kate or Charlotte from Opening Doors & Venues) will email you from the domain @opening-doors.org.uk. If you are in doubt at any point, please email us on araconference@opening-doors.org.uk or phone our office on +44 (0) 1562 731 788.


Abstract Submission Closes:
10 January 2024 (midnight)

Invitations to Speakers:
from 26 February 2024

Programme Release:
March 2024

Registration Opens:
14 March 2024

Early Bird Deadline:
1 May 2024

Early Bird payment required by 31 May 2024

Registration closes:
7 August 2024

at midnight BST

Don't miss the opportunity, join us in Birmingham! 

ARA’s 2024 conference will take place in the new BCEC, a purpose built conference venue in the centre of Birmingham. 

The 2024 theme is ‘Climate and Crisis: Tackling It Together’ and over three days we address the major crises and challenges facing our communities and our profession, learning from our community and building stronger responses, together. The Climate Crisis is the challenge of an era with the responsibility to take action falling upon us all. Our profession must respond, learn from best practice and find new ways to contribute to the global effort. Our work faces other crises not least funding and resourcing challenges. We are better tackling this together too, and we want the conference to be a catalyst for this.

We had a phenomenal turnout for ARA 2023 - 'Communities' and we would like to build on this and invite you to join us for what promises to be an exceptional conference.

Expect a versatile programme that we hope will cater to our wide variety of stakeholders, an action-packed Information Village and social networking functions so that we can carry on the conversations across three separate evenings.  

This website will be updated regularly to provide you with more information on the meeting but general enquiries are also welcome at ARAconference@opening-doors.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you!

Yours Sincerely,

ARA 2024 Organising Committee 


The ARA was created to ensure that archives and records were properly looked after and preserved for posterity and that all those working hard on this task received the proper training and support to do so. We work to provide the broadest and most coherent voice on all matters relating to the record-keeping sector and aim to broaden the care, management, access and use of records and archives by everyone. We embrace all those working in archives, records management, archive conservation, archive learning, research and outreach as well as anyone in the wider community with an interest in records and archives including users, owners and volunteers.

one of the many highlights from 2023....

#ARA2024 is dedicated to providing a positive experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Evidently inappropriate language and imagery of any kind is not appropriate for the conference venues or on social media. Please let the conference organisers know if you see this code being breached.

Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland)

Registered Charity in England and Wales: Charity No. 1041063 and in Scotland: Charity No. SC041671
For more information visit archives.org.uk


© Copyright 2024 ARA