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    Collections, connections, collaborations: from potential to impact



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About the conference

DCDC16 (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities) will look at the varied and innovative ways in which archives, museums, libraries, and academia can help realise the potential of collections and translate this into social, cultural, and economic impact.

In the last decade, notions of impact have risen to the forefront of discourse and debate within the heritage, research, and academic sectors. As budgets across the heritage sector have retracted, organisations of every size and shape have had to review their working practices, and look at qualifying and quantifying the impact of their collections and activities, and their relation to wider social, cultural and economic agendas. Nationwide initiatives, such as the commemoration of the First World War, Magna Carta or Shakespeare’s death, have provided high-profile opportunities to showcase the wider impact that collections can have on the public consciousness, and our collective understanding of our past, our present, and our future. In addition to these high-profile examples, heritage organisations have continued to reach new audiences, in new ways, to widen the social and cultural impact of their collections as a part of their daily work, eroding perceived barriers of geography and discipline.

Additionally, academics, research bodies, and universities are actively considering the social, cultural and economic impact of their research, and are exploring innovative ways through which this can be demonstrated, as a part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Heritage and cultural organisations have shown themselves as valuable partners in the achievement, dissemination, and demonstration of impact for academic research, not as passive ‘routes to market’, but as valuable co-creators. These initiatives are combined with emerging discussions surrounding the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) within the Higher Education Sector, the continuing need to qualify and quantify the contribution that heritage collections can make “outside of heritage”, and technological advances, which enable the presentation of collections both in new ways and to new audiences.

DCDC16 keynote speakers


Jeff James

Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives


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Phil Lyons 399

Phil Lyons

Chief Executive, National Holocaust Centre and Museum


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Nicola Wright 399

Nicola Wright

Director of Library Services, LSE


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Carenza Lewis

Carenza Lewis

Professor of Public Understanding of Research, University of Lincoln's College of Arts


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  • “Very high quality and relevant content, beautiful location, excellent networking – a real buzz about it all”

  • “Cross section of delegates makes for a great conference. This is still the one conference I would not want to miss in the year”

  • “The conference was fantastic, as always. The range of subjects covered in the panels was diverse but relevant and drawing on experience from all sectors was really useful”

Conference venue


General information

Photography disclaimer

Please be advised that photography and filming will take place at this event. The footage will be used by RLUK and The National Archives in future promotional material and publications.

Attendance at the Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference constitutes the registrant’s consent for RLUK and The National Archives to photograph/film and use their image and likeness without further notification.

All panel presentations will be filmed and made available online after the event.

Conference fees

Full conference: £50 (£64.08 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Day delegate: £30 (£38.76 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Pre-conference reception: £20 (£26.10 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Conference dinner: £40 (£51.42 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

N.B. we will not be able to refund any cancellations requested after 19 September 2016.

Registration info

Please select all the tickets that you require – this may require you to select more than one ticket.

  • Example 1: If you will be attending the full conference only and none of the evening events then select the ‘Full Conference’ ticket.

  • Example 2: If you will be attending on 11 October and the pre-conference evening reception then select BOTH the ‘Day delegate – Tue 11 Oct’ and ‘Pre-conference reception’ tickets.

Further information can be found at the DCDC16 FAQ

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