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DCDC18: Memory and Transformation

19 – 21 November 2018 :: Birmingham Conference and Events Centre

DCDC18 is supported by

About the conference

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is a collaborative conference series between The National Archives and Research Libraries UK. Now in its sixth year, DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.

DCDC18 will consider the interplay between memory and transformation within heritage organisations and their wider impact on the cultural landscape. We will seek to examine how, through developing new points of entry to collections, archives, libraries, museums and galleries, we can work collaboratively with each other and academic organisations to meet strategic ambitions. Further, we will explore how to meaningfully engage with different audiences and communities whose far reaching interests can often have an equally transformational impact on our own professional cultures.

DCDC18 Keynotes

Jane Ellison

Head of Creative Partnerships, BBC

Tuesday 20 November, 09:15 – 10:15

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Nathan Sentance

Project Officer, Australian Museum

Tuesday 20 November, 13:15 – 14:00

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Lae’l Hughes-Watkins

University Archivist, Kent State University

Keynote cancelled. Please see the Programme page for updates Wednesday 21 November, 09:15 – 10:15

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Jo Fox

Professor of Modern History, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study

Wednesday 21 November, 13:15 – 14:00

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Connect and collaborate – networking events at DCDC18


As a cross-sectoral conference, collaboration is the overarching theme of the DCDC series. To help delegates make the most of the networking opportunities at the conference, we have arranged a number of events including a series of practical pre-conference workshops.


The Pre-Conference reception will be held at the internationally renowned Ikon Gallery on 19 November, and will feature a networking activity led by the Digitisation Networking Group led by Jisc, The National Archives and RLUK. On 20 November we invite delegates to join us at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery for the main Conference Dinner, offering an excellent opportunity to meet fellow delegates and reflect on the day’s discussions.

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  • “I think this is the single most useful and inspiring professional event that I attend.”

  • “One of the best conferences I have ever been to. Very high quality and relevant content, beautiful location, excellent networking – a real buzz about it all.”

  • “By far and away the best conference I have been to. I wanted to attend every session and hear every speaker.”

  • “One of the best conferences I have been to in years. I came away from event inspired to put ideas into action when I get back to work.”

  • “Becoming the essential conference. The mix of delegates and panels is excellent – there are too few opportunities for librarians and archivists to gather together.”

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.

Conference fees

Full conference + evening events: £185 (£228.30 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Full day conference: £100 (£126.30 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Day delegate: £60 (£76.74 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

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

Conference dinner: £60 (£76.74 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

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’ ticket.

Further information can be found at the DCDC18 FAQ. We strongly advise delegates to review the FAQ before registering.

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