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    The cultural value of collections and the creative economy



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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”

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.

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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