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    The cultural value of collections and the creative economy




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DCDC is the only conference that brings together professionals from the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to discuss and surface the infinite potential of our extraordinary collections. Collaboration is at the heart of the DCDC Conference series, and we are proud to help facilitate and champion new opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration, opening up opportunities for engaging collections with new audiences.


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DCDC is inclusive at heart. Each year our conference brings together not only key influencers, decision makers and strategic senior managers, but also those just starting out or who are midway through their careers. Our conference fees are set to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in DCDC, with day delegate tickets starting at £30 (+VAT and fees). Find out more.


We have designed the DCDC programme to give you maximum opportunity to network and make new connections. Being a cross-sectoral event we encourage delegates to get involved in as many of our networking events, which include pre-conference workshops that are practical and interactive in nature, the pre-conference reception and conference dinner, and an online buddy system for informal networking and mentoring.

Funders Marketplace

2017 will be the first year that we host a Funders Marketplace, bringing together the main cultural funding bodies working in the UK. The marketplace will allow you to learn about current funding opportunities, pitch your ideas directly to funders and get expert advice in one-to-one sessions. Find out more.

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DCDC17: The cultural value of collections and the creative economy

In today’s uncertain political and economic climate the ability to demonstrate why heritage and culture matter – and to whom – has never been more important or relevant. The ways in which we gather, measure and present evidence of cultural value and impact has attracted increasing attention in recent years, as emphasis has led to a stronger focus on the experience of individuals and of communities.

Archives, libraries, museums and heritage organisations across the UK and further afield have played a leading role in this movement. They have actively looked to examine, capture and measure the wider social, cultural and economic impact of their collections, and to engage more effectively with a wider variety of audiences. Work in this area continues to evolve, as does the need for new and better ways of evidencing value and impact through continuing research and the effective sharing of experiences within and between sectors.

DCDC17 will consider how, by working collaboratively through networks of inter and cross-disciplinary initiatives, we can continue to improve and develop methodologies in order to build a strong evidence base to demonstrate the cultural value of collections and their contribution to the creative economy.

DCDC17 keynote speakers

Nancy E. Gwinn

Director, Smithsonian Libraries


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Geoffrey Crossick

Distinguished Professor of Humanities, School of Advanced Study


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Shân Maclennan

Deputy Artistic Director, Southbank Centre


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Mike Jackson

Chief Executive, North Somerset Council


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  • “One of the best conferences I have been to in years. I came away having learnt a great amount and inspired to put ideas into action when I get back to work”

  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the mix of speakers and disciplines represented, it’s generally the most diverse conference that I attend and it keeps me coming back for more! Always come away with fresh ideas, insights and contacts”

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

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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.

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

Conference fees

Full conference + evening events: £125 (£159.04 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

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

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

Pre-conference reception: £25 (£32.44 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Conference dinner: £50 (£64.08 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

N.B. we will not be able to refund any cancellations requested after 23 October 2017.

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 and both evening events then select the ‘Full Conference + evening events’ ticket.
  • Example 2: If you will be attending the full conference only and none of the evening events then select the ‘Full day conference – 28 & 29 Nov only’ ticket.

Further information can be found at the DCDC17 FAQ. We strongly advise delegates to review the FAQ before registering.

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