Conference Programme

Sutherland Building - June 2013

Proposed Programme 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

12.30 Registration and buffet lunch

The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

14.00 Welcome address

14.10 Introductions by Professor Julie McLeod, Professor in Records Management, Northumbria University

14.20 Session 1: The digital context and the nature of the record

This session will focus on the new paradigm which the move to the digital has brought about. A paradoxical world in which there is potentially more information, but in which the issues of sensitivity and access may result in less material being released, while difficulties of selection may leave holes in the record and technological issues may mean less will survive.

Chair: Professor Julie Mcleod, Northumbria University


Professor Michael Moss, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Northumbria University, Tim Gollins, National Records of Scotland, Professor Jeremy Frey, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Southampton and Dr David Thomas, Northumbria University.

15.30 Refreshments

16.00 Session 1 continued

Professor Andrew Hoskins, Interdisciplinary Research Professor in College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow

Discussion with delegates and speakers

17.00 – 18.30 Evening reception

The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

8.30 Refreshments

The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

9.00 Session 2: The legal perspective

This session will focus on how data protection and Freedom of Information legislation have impacted on access to information in the digital age and the continuing tension between openness and privacy, transparency and the right to be forgotten

Chair: Dr David Thomas, Northumbria University


Dr David Erdos, University Lecturer in Law and the Open Society, University of Cambridge, David Willcox, TNA and Agnes Jonker, Senior Lecturer in Archives, Archiefschool, University of Amsterdam

10.30 Refreshments

11.00 Session 3: Current Issues

Chair: Professor Michael Moss, Northumbria University

25 minutes each

Sir Alex Allan, Former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office – digital records in the UK government

Arthur Lucas, Former Principal, King’s College London; member of Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Archives and Pubic records since 2006 – Closing historic documents: lay scrutiny of closure requests

The speakers will talk from their own experience about current issues.

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Session 4: Trust and Consent

Professor Mary Daly, President of the Royal Irish Academy Digital archives in relation to some recent Irish commissions and inquiries – including the various Banking Inquiries,

14.30 Session 5: What must be done

The final discussion will look to the future. It will consider potential ways of moving forward, actions required, partnerships and collaborations as well as new challenges. It will draw on the discussion and debate witnessed during the conference as well as providing new views.

Chair: Professor Julie Mcleod

15.30 – Conference close

Closing remarks and thanks by Professor Julie McLeod

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