CHARM meetings in 2019

If you would like to attend a CHARM meeting please contact our membership secretary, Hayley Whiting. The next CHARM meetings to be held in 2019 are:

  • Thursday 31st January 2019 at Barnardos, Ilford
  • Thursday 11th April 2019 venue TBC
  • Thursday 18th July 2019 venue TBC
  • Thursday 10th October 2019 venue TBC

Summaries of previous CHARM meetings

Thursday 11th January 2018 at United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG), London

Thursday 26th April 2018 at Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Poole

Thursday 5th July 2018 at Barnardo’s Head Office, London

Thursday 4th October 2018 at The National Archives (TNA), London

17 January 2017 at United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG), London

20 July 2017 at Zoological Society of London (ZSL), London

19 October 2017 at Blind Veterans, London

24 October 2012 meeting summary

The meeting was hosted by Susan Gentles at the British Red Cross’ office in Moorgate, London. The chairperson was Nicholas Malton, of the NSPCC. The minute writing was shared.

A significant portion of the meeting was spent discussing the launch event for the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives held at the House of Lords on 15th October. The afternoon session had featured two sets of seminars. Speakers in the first were Professor Matthew Hilton of the University of Birmingham, Judy Burg of Hull History Centre and David McCullogh of WRVS.         Issues discussed by the speakers included: the lack of provision for charity archives and the   potential for universities to receive them; Freedom of Information issues for charity archives when deposited with a public body; the need for upfront funding; and the desirability of       maintaining an in-house archives service. The second afternoon session featured Diana Leat of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Anna Southall of Barrow Cadbury Trust, who stressed the value of their archives and also referred to records management. A questions and answers session followed. The evening reception featured brief talks from Oliver Morley of the National Archives, Tristram Hunt MP and Ruth Bond of the National Federation of Women’s       Institutes.

Membership matters, CHARM’s website and meetings for 2013 were also discussed.

19 July 2012 meeting summary

The meeting was hosted by Matthew McMurray at the WRVS Archive and Heritage Collection, Devizes, Wiltshire. The chairperson was Rob Baker, of Blind Veterans UK, and Matthew           McMurray wrote the minutes.

We discussed having a communications plan for CHARM including using Facebook and blogging about our work. The current structure of CHARM was discussed, particularly in relation to    working with other groups. It was decided that CHARM members would be consulted via a    survey about what they thought of the current arrangements and whether any changes were felt to be necessary. The website and the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives were also    discussed.

25 April 2012 meeting summary

The meeting was hosted by Sue Everard at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s office in Kings Cross, London. The chairperson was Rob Baker, of Blind Veterans UK, and Sarah Cox of the British Red Cross wrote the minutes.

We welcomed Marie Owens, ARA’s Head of Public Affairs, who discussed the importance of CHARM having a communications plan and the elements it should include, particularly building communications around the charity archives strategy objectives. Marie encouraged everyone to personally recruit new members to CHARM, as growth is a factor in the success of                 communications and she got us thinking about what we could do with the people and              resources we have available.

The Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives, CHARM’s website, the group’s use of Facebook and Twitter, and a recent posting by a charity on archives-nra for a volunteer archivist were           discussed.

A revised format for CHARM meetings was looked at, with a reduced business session to allow more time for speakers or training. It was requested records management issues and training should form a stronger part of CHARM’s activity than is the case at present.