Novice to Know How 2021 - Expression of Interest 2021

1. About this project

South East Museum Development is offering 20 spaces to support colleagues within the museum sector to undertake the Novice to Know How online training module in October 2021 with support from the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). 

N2KH starts with a broad introduction to digital preservation issues and describes some of the ways to address these. It also explores the ways you can manage your digital collections and the technological solutions that can be deployed. The training will be a mix of online training and 2 virtual cohort sessions (each one will last about 90 minutes), providing tailored support during and after the modular online training.   

N2KH was commissioned by the National Archives and developed by the DPC to support non-specialists with the skills and confidence required to implement a simple and proactive digital preservation workflow within their organisation.

  • You will need to complete the online training modules between 1and 28 October 2021 (about 18hrs). 
  • You will attend 2 x 90 minute workshop sessions (w/c 10th October and w/c 1 November 2021) to gain expert support and advice to develop your ideas, and a chance to ask questions.

Who can apply? 
Preference will be provided for participants from museums that are Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation.  But if the programme is undersubscribed, we will accept applications from those working in non-Accredited museums, NPOs and national museums as well.  Paid and volunteer colleagues are welcome to apply.

  • Monday 13th September (10am):  deadline for expression of interest
  • Monday 20th September 2021:  applicants notified of result
  • 1st to 28th October 2021:  N2KH module online training module
  • w/c 10th October 2021:   first online cohort training looking at:  how to write a digital preservation policy; ensure your digital preservation skills are appropriate for your organisation; Q&A
  • w/c  1st November 2021 second online cohort training: how to best  advocate for digital preservation in your organisation; feedback on the N2KH module and where next; Q&A


1. Museum Contact Details *


2. Applicant details *


3. Your Manager's Approval

Please provide details of a senior manager (or similar): *


4. Is your museum:


5. What type and scale of digital collections/data does your museum keep? *


6. What support or skills does your museum already have in relation to digital preservation? *


7. Do you have any particular areas of concern or collections that might be at risk? *


8. What do you hope to achieve by taking part in this project? *


9. Please confirm that you are happy for us to share your contact details with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) to set up your registration for the online training. *

Participants are expected to take part in each stage of the project.  Please review the ‘About the project’ section to ensure you have the capacity to commit to the project in full.