Partnerships and networks

Libraries Connected (2023)

Development of the Ukrainian Libraries Twinning Programme.

Libraries Connected (2023)

Creation of an apprenticeships network for public libraries.

Libraries Connected (2022-2023)

Creation of a peer mentoring scheme for public library heads of service.

Chief Archivist in Local Government Group (2022-2023)

The records of adopted and care experienced people – developing guidance for recordkeepers and care professionals. Included a survey of adoptions and care records. With Sarah Wickham.

Higher Education Archives Group (2021-2022)

Research into the challenges and opportunities for advocacy within the Higher Education archives sector. Creation of an advocacy toolkit.

Cumbria Local History Federation (2022)

Development and delivery of a two-day course for local history groups on managing collections. Included follow-up visits to the groups and general support.

North Wales Archives Partnership (2021)

The creation of a strategy and 5-year action plan for targeted digitisation of collections. With Sarah Wickham.

Archives and Records Council Wales (2020-2021)

Project researching the barriers and issues, strategic, organisational and technological, involved with providing long-term (100+ years) access to local authority records in digital form. With Sarah Wickham.

The National Archives (2020-2023)

The creation of a mentoring programme that aims to enable those lacking in digital skills to learn from their peers. With RedQuadrant.

Archives South West (2021)

The development of a strategic approach to collecting digital material from external organisations, including research and the creation of guidance.

The National Archives (2021)

Support for network members seeking to advocate for their services post-pandemic, including research and development of guidance/training.

University of Leicester (2021)

Feasibility Study into the creation of a centre of excellence for audio heritage in the Midlands. With Sarah Wickham.

Archives South West (2020-2021)

Development of a strategic approach to the management of newspapers holdings in archives and libraries across the South West of England.

Archives for Yorkshire (2019-2020)

Consultancy to take forward Archives for Yorkshire from an informal grouping to a more formal, collaborative partnership (with Tom Forrest).

South Yorkshire Archives Partnership (2018-2019)

Review of their governance structure. With Sue Mckenzie.

Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (2018-2019)

Review of the organisation to ensure a robust children and young people’s organisation fit for the future. With Tom Forrest.

Staffordshire History Centre (2017)

Development of an Active Partnership for Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid. This included facilitating meetings with stakeholders to improve engagement and exploring options for a development trust. With Headland Design and Tom Forrest.

Greater Manchester Archives and Local Studies Partnership (2017)

Creation of a partnership development plan 2017-2020. With Tom Forrest. I also helped with the development of a volunteer toolkit and training plan.

Archives West Midlands (2014-2015)

We worked with the West Midlands Regional Archives Forum to explore the advantages of greater collaboration. This resulted in a plan to deliver a range of projects and the creation of a new charitable organisation to provide sustainable governance. With Tom Forrest.

Strategic Opportunities for London Local Authority Archives (2013)

We worked with the Association of London Chief Librarians to explore options for collaboration. This led to a new relationship between the boroughs and an outline plan. With Tom Forrest.

“I was fortunate to secure Kevin as an Associate Consultant to work with me on two major projects to identify strategic opportunities for London Local Authority Archives (2013/14) and Archives West Midlands (2014/15). Kevin and I worked together from the proposal stage through to completion. In both cases the consortium of services and The National Archives (who part-funded the work) were delighted with the outcomes.

Kevin worked with large groups of staff as well as leading smaller task groups. In all situations he proved to be an excellent facilitator. He is able to question assumptions in a non-threatening way and to open people up to new ways of thinking. Although bringing substantial previous experience to projects, Kevin does not approach the work with preset ideas. He understands the importance of seeing it from the clients’ point of view and meeting their specific requirements.” [Tom Forrest]