Wickham, M Sarah (2017) Cutting the record. In: Challenge the past, set the agenda. Archives and Records Association Conference 2017, August 30th - September 1st 2017, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

How can recordkeepers contribute to the development of equality, creativity and compassion in the wider world?

How can pro-active, compassionate and creative records-based engagement help us as a profession and as individuals to
- transmit (inspire, inform, change, educate, build capacity and involvement or influence)
- collaborate (consider, create or decide something together), and
- receive (use others’ views, skills, experience, knowledge)

Whilst I will draw on a few examples from the multi-award winning work at Heritage Quay on "animating our place", this won’t simply be a case study: I will look at the broader opportunities and constraints for and on recordkeepers, including the impact of wider societal trends and influences. And I’ll consider the value to society and to the recordkeeping profession of pro-active and confident leadership that goes beyond advocacy.

As a longstanding contributor to professional training, education and development I will round up with a personal take on the professional competencies needed by the current and future generation of recordkeepers for this work, and the values needed for the critical work of building inclusion in our workspaces and broader communities.

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