Archives and Oral History in Art and Theatre Workshop: Sold Out

Thank you for your interest in the Archives and Oral History in Art and Theatre Workshop! Registration for the workshop has closed as all places are fully subscribed. If you have not managed to sign up for the workshop, there is still an opportunity to learn from the trainer, Pam Schweitzer (Founder of Age Exchange Theatre and Reminiscence Theatre Archive, UK). She will each be presenting at the symposium on 27 June 2019 (Session 4B, 10:15 am – 12.00pm):

Pam Schweitzer, Founder of Age Exchange Theatre and Reminiscence Theatre Archive, UNITED KINGDOMCreative Development of Oral History Archives into Theatre and Visual Arts

See here for the full symposium schedule. Registration closes on 12 April for the symposium.

Symposium Registration Closing on 12 Apr 2019

There is less than a month till the 12 Apr 2019 deadline to register for the SARBICA Symposium.

Opened by distinguished keynote speakers Dr Luciana Duranti and Dr Alistair Thomson, the 2-day Symposium will showcase more than 40 presentations in 12 moderated sessions. The speakers hail from all over the world, bringing insights and perspectives on archiving in the government, private, and academic sectors.

Check the presentation line-up and schedule for updates!

The programme for Full Symposium pass holders includes:


Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Attendees at the Welcome Dinner will be treated to a performance titled, From Oral History Transcripts to Theatre. A collaboration between the Oral History Centre (National Archives of Singapore) and students from the School of the Arts’ (SOTA) Theatre and Visual Arts faculties, this piece is a dramatisation of the life stories of the Centre’s interviewees. Working closely with the interviewees, the students explore and retell their life stories through the construction of memory boxes, containing curated archives of the interviewees’ belongings, objects, photos and documents.

Performances have also been lined up for the Farewell Dinner:

The Bukit View Primary School Anglung & Kulintang Ensemble, whose students come from various ethnic backgrounds, embodies the essence of a multi-cultural group. They will be showcasing songs from Southeast Asia, including Jangar Bali, which is based on one of the most popular dances from Bali. The Ensemble will also enchant you with a wonderful rendition of Rasa Sayang, a famous Malay folk song whose title literally translates to “loving feeling”.

Following that, join the M’Ode Wind Quintet for a journey through Southeast Asia as they bring you tunes from Singapore and neighbouring countries. From Singapore’s Xinyao favourites and the beloved National Day song Home, to some of the instantly recognisable folk songs of our neighbours in Southeast Asia, celebrate all things ASEAN at this performance.
Institutional VisitsParticipants can visit the National Archives of Singapore and the Former Ford Factory or Heritage Conservation Centre. (Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.)
ExcursionThe excursion to the National Gallery Singapore includes a guided Building Highlights tour and a curatorial tour of the National Archives of Singapore’s exhibition, Law of The Land: Highlights of Singapore’s Constitutional Documents.
(Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.)


Only able to attend one of the two days of the Symposium? Single-day passes are available! The registration form is available for download on the Registration Details page.

Workshop Registration Closing on 31 Mar 2019

The SARBICA International Symposium 2019 features a total of five workshops, conducted by eminent local and international experts. Registration for the workshops closes on 31 Mar 2019. One of the five workshops (Digital Preservation) is fully subscribed. Hurry and secure your place at one of the other four workshops today!

The workshops are differentiated by their unique themes and will run concurrently. If you have not decided which workshop to attend, check out the workshops summary below!

Workshop Date Target Audience
Oral History Methodology24-25 June 2019For beginning oral history project managers and oral history interviewers. Read more about trainer Mark Wong here. Curious about what oral history interviews are like? Click here to have a listen to the National Archives of Singapore’s oral history recordings!
Preservation of Audiovisual (AV) Materials24-25 June 2019For beginning AV archivists and AV collections managers. Read more about trainer Joanna Fleming here.
Digital Preservation
(SOLD OUT)
24-25 June 2019For those keen to develop a digital preservation programme for their organisations.
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Heritage Collections24 June 2019For heritage collections managers. Read more about trainer Josephine Chang here.
Archives and Oral History in Art and Theatre24-25 June 2019For artists, dramatists, and professionals engaging the elderly in the community. Learn more about trainer Pam Schweitzer’s work here.

All workshops are priced at SGD 133.75 per participant and are held at venues in the National Library Board building. See registration forms and details here. We look forward to your registration!

Digital Preservation Workshop: Sold Out

Thank you for your interest in the Digital Preservation Workshop! Registration for the workshop has closed as all places are fully subscribed. If you have not managed to sign up for the workshop, there is still an opportunity to learn from the trainers, Adrian Brown (Director, Parliamentary Archives UK) and William Kilbride (Executive Director, Digital Preservation Coalition). They will each be presenting at the symposium on 26 June 2019 (Session 2A, 2:00-3:30pm):

Adrian Brown, Director of the Parliamentary Archives, Houses of Parliament, London, UNITED KINGDOMRe-imagining Digital Preservation: A View from the UK Parliament
William Kilbride, Executive Director, Digital Preservation Coalition, UNITED KINGDOMRe-imagining Digital Preservation: A View from Everywhere

See here for the full symposium schedule. Registration closes on 12 April for the symposium.

Seats are still available in the remaining four workshops. The deadline for workshop registration is 31 March 2019 — hurry and sign up now! Please see the Registration Details page for more information.

Symposium Early Bird Rate: Final Extension!

We hear you, and here is the good news! The Early Bird Special Rate for Symposium registration has been extended for the last time–submit your application and pay by 28 February 2019 to enjoy it! Registration for Symposium closes on 12 April 2019.

Registration for Workshops closes on 31 March 2019. 

Registration forms and details are available here. See you at the SARBICA International Symposium!

Keynote Spotlight: Prof Luciana Duranti

Luciana Duranti is Professor of archival theory, diplomatics, and the management of digital records in the master’s and doctoral archival programs of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies of the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also Faculty Associate Member of the UBC College for Interdisciplinary Studies, Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre. She is Director of the Centre for the International Study of Contemporary Records and Archives (CISCRA—www.ciscra.org) and of InterPARES, the largest and longest living publicly funded research project on the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records (1998-2018), the Digital Records Forensics Project, and the Records in the Clouds Project. She is co-Director of the Law of Evidence in the Digital Environment Project.

She has published more than 150 referred articles/book chapters and 5 books. The research projects she has directed have produced more than 4000 publications. She is in the editorial board of 12 refereed journals and has been guest editor of thematic issues of two of them. She is co-editor with Patricia Franks of the Encyclopaedia of Archival Science. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2015.

She has been active nationally and internationally in several archival associations and in boards and committees, such as The Society of American Archivist (President, 1998-9; Council Member, 1992-95); the Association of Canadian Archivists, of which she is presently the President (2016-2018); the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Program (on behalf of which she also chaired the program of the 2012 Conference); the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Adjudicating Committee of proposals for granting programs related to the digital economy; the Canadian Government Standards Board (for which she chairs the Committee revising standard 72:34, Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence) and the American National Standards Committee (ANS/ARMA), as well as the International Standards Organization committee on the same matters; and the China Research Centre on Electronic Records Board; to name a few.

For her work, she has been honoured with the British Columbia Faculty Associations’ Academic of the Year Award (1999) and the Society of American Archivists’ and the Association of Canadian Archivists’ Fellowship (1998 and 2014). Her research has been recognized in 2006 with the Emmett Leahy Award for her contributions to records management and the drafting of the DoD and MoReq standards for recordkeeping, and for the InterPARES research; with the British Columbia Innovation Council Award, which is annually presented to “an individual who has opened new frontiers to scientific research;” with the Killam Research Prize; and in 2007, with the Jacob Biely Research Prize, the University of British Columbia’s “premier research award.” In 2012, she was awarded the Inaugural ARMA International “Award for Academic Excellence in teaching, research, and contribution to the global citizenry,” and in 201,4 she was inducted a “Member of the Academia Galileiana” of Padua. Because of her overall academic record, since 2011, she holds the honorary positions of “Affiliated Full Professor” at the University of Washington, Seattle, US.

Prof Duranti’s keynote will be held on 26 Jun 2019. Click here to read the abstract of Prof Duranti’s keynote.

For the Symposium schedule overview, please visit this page.

Symposium Presentation Line-Up: Presenters and Titles

The much-awaited line-up of symposium presenters and titles is now available here. Presentation abstracts will be published soon–please return for updates!

The presentations cover a diverse range of topics that explore innovative technological applications, study the impact of developments in other fields on archiving, and highlight the importance of continued transformation of the archives.

Information on registering for the Symposium can be found on the Registration Details page.