The Newsletter

The BRA newsletter appears regularly (currently on Series 5), punctuating the publication schedule for the journal of the BRA ‘Archives’, the Association’s peer-reviewed journal. In the Newsletter you will find news about the BRA, its events and activities, as well as a round-up of information of general interest to members worldwide. Copies are uploaded to the site when the next one appears.

BRA members receive the newsletter automatically. To join the BRA simply go to Membership or email


Series 5 Number 2 (Autumn 2019)


  • News
    • Message from the Chair
    • HMC’s anniversary symposium
    • Records at Risk: latest developments
    • Obituary: Rosemary Keen
    • BRA visits
    • Archives: an update
    • Books, grants and news
    • Events
  • Features
    • Living on the Edge: a round-up of this year’s BRA conference
    • Tax incentives for archives
    • Archiving the counterculture


Series 5 Number 1 (Spring 2019)


    • News
    • 2019 Annual Conference
    • Member News
    • Archive News
    • Records at Risk
    • Events and Grants
    • Features
    • Wellbeing at Work
    • The Archives of the RSA
    • Books
    • Helen Berry: fascinated by foundlings


Series 4 Number 7 (Winter 2018)


  • Chair’s welcome
  • 2018 Bond Lecture
  • Harley Prize
  • Member news
  • Archive news
  • Oxford visit
  • Books and events
  • Archive Explored: The Postal Museum
  • The school archive: adding to value to pupils past and present
  • A new perspective on the Third Reich: interview with Julia Boyd
  • A history of Gypsies in England: interview with David Cressy
  • Saved from a skip: behind the scenes at the Charles Dickens museum


Series 4 Number 6 (Summer 2018)


  • Chair’s Report
  • Records at Risk update
  • EGM update
  • Shops and Shopping
  • Oxford Colleges visit
  • Lambeth Palace visit
  • The Garden Museum visit
  • Oxford and Cambridge Colleges meeting
  • News in Brief
  • Archives: Journal of the BRA


Series 4 Number 5 (Winter 2017/18)


  • Chair’s report and membership news
  • Janette Harley Prize
  • RPS Update: Records at Risk Strategy
  • Shopping in the Archives: Annual Conference report
  • Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD)
  • Reformation on the Record conference report
  • At home with the Cecils: a visit to Hatfield House
  • The Tokefield Archive Centre, Stationers’ Hall
  • ‘Fragments of Note’ Exhibition
  • BRA upcoming events
  • News in brief
  • Archives: Journal of the BRA

Download: BRA Newsletter 4:5 (Winter 2017-18) [Adobe pdf]

Series 4 Number 4 (Summer 2017)


  • Chair’s Report and Welcome to New Members
  • Records Preservation at the BRA – the next stage
  • Notable RPS Deposits
  • Cambridge Colleges visit report
  • BRA upcoming events
  • A New Shop Window for the Boots Archive
  • Archive blogs
  • News Round-up
  • Archives: Journal of the BRA

Download: BRA Newsletter 4:4 (Summer 2017) [Adobe pdf]

Series 4 Number 3 (Winter 2016): Happy New Year to all our members and readers


  • Chair’s Report to AGM, 2016
  • Records Preservation at the BRA
  • BRA Conference, 2016 report
  • BRA upcoming events
  • Crowdfunding Secures Archives for Norfolk RO
  • Westminster City Archives – A conservation tale
  • Archive blogs
  • News Round-up
  • Archives: contents of the next issue

Download: BRA Newsletter 4:3 (Winter 2016) [Adobe pdf]

Series 4 Number 2 (Summer 2016): Interesting Times!


  • Interesting Times: Notes from the Chair
  • Records Preservation Developments in the BRA
  • Visit to Eton College
  • BRA Conference, 2016
  • BRA upcoming events
  • Capability Brown Festival
  • Increasing Transparency
  • New on-line catalogues
  • Archive blogs
  • News Round-up
  • Obituary: Harry Cobb CBE
  • BRA staff news
  • Archives: contents of the next double issue

Download: BRA Newsletter 4:2 (Summer 2016) [Adobe pdf]

Series 4 Number 1 (March 2016): Welcome to the first Newsletter of the re-launched BRA!


  • “Upwards and Onwards”, Julia Sheppard, Chair
  • “RPS takes a new direction”, Penny Baker, Chair, Records Preservation Section
  • BRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 2015 “‘In a League of their own’: Archives of the History of British Sport and Physical Recreation” Stephen Freeth
  • Annual Conference 2016 and Upcoming Events
  • “Legal Records at Risk project”, Clare Cowling
  • “Experiencing Archives: The Historian’s Perspective”, Alice White. A young historian reflects on her first encounter with archiving.
  • “New On-line Catalogues”
  • “Archive blogs”<
  • “News Round-up”
  • “Obituary: Janette Harley”
  • “Introducing the new Officers” (Julia Sheppard, BRA Chair / Penny Baker, BRA Vice-Chair and RPS Chair / Neil Murphy, Reviews Editor, “Archives”)

Download: BRA Newsletter 4:1 (March 2016) [Adobe pdf]


If you have any news to share, events to promote, exhibitions to publicise, or thoughts and ideas to raise, please send details to the Newsletter editor,  Sarah Hart, using the form below.