argiefwerkswinkel archiving workshop 2017 taalmonument

Archivist Pétria Marais will present an introductory archiving workshop at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl from 28 to 30 August 2017. This popular course, presented for the sixth year, is suitable for librarians, museum and heritage workers, records staff and archive assistants.

Marais is a qualified archivist with many years of experience in the fields of records management and archives. Being a consultant, researcher, heritage worker, project leader and trainer, she came across the necessity and importance for libraries, registries, museums and other related disciplines to work together and to learn more about archiving.

“Staff that are not trained as archivists are often thrown into the deep end to look after their organisations’ unpublished documentary collections. This introductory three day workshop is designed for all information officers to learn what they need to know in terms of archiving. No previous knowledge is required,” Marais said.

The workshop includes practical sessions and focus on topics such as the differences between libraries, archives, museums and records centres (registries); acquisition and collection; appraisal (including the value of records and disposal instructions); sorting and arrangement; description / indexing; preservation; the disaster recovery plan; and tips on making the archives available. No previous knowledge is required

The workshop costs R2 000 per person and takes place from 09:00 to 16:30 in the Conference Room in the Visitor Centre at the Taalmonument. Tea or coffee is included. Participants may bring their own lunch or they can support Volksmond Coffee Shop.

The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument annually presents a whole series of courses and workshops focusing on the development of basic professional skills. This year’s programme includes subjects such as book repair (introductory from 5 to 7 June 2017 and advanced from 16 to 18 October 2017), language tourism (21 to 23 November) and star trails photography (11 November 2017 and 10 February 2018). Anyone interested in related subjects are welcome to make suggestions for additional workshops. For more information, contact Michelle Visagie at tel. 021 872 3441 or e-mail