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DCDC17 workshops

W1. What Difference Does it Make? Creative methodologies for sustainable partnership building

Paddy McNulty, Director/Culture Museums Heritage Consultant, Paddy McNulty Associates
Sophie Duncan, Deputy Director, NCCPE

This interactive workshop shares a proven methodology that will help archive, library, museum and academic professionals to run effective partnership building sessions with representatives from other sectors. Drawing upon learning from the Arts Council funded Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI) project, the session introduces delegates to the MUPI Match process; encourages them to think about how it could be applied in their own settings; provides opportunities for participants to extend their repertoire of networking and facilitation techniques; builds confidence in engaging with and facilitating events; and explores ways to stimulate new ideas and unlock the potential for partnership beyond ‘the usual suspects’.


W2. RLUK Special Collections workshop

Rachel Beckett, Associate Director of the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Joseph Marshall, Head of Special Collections, University of Edinburgh

Led by the Co-Convenors of the RLUK’s newly formed Special Collections Leadership Network this workshop uses interactive exercises to discuss methodologies for attracting, developing and nurturing both new and existing audience groups. With a focus on establishing relationships across the research, teaching and public audience networks, delegates will look to capture new ways of working with and ‘communicating’ collections in the digital age. Through sharing ideas and best practice delegates will explore current and future possibilities for engaging with a wider range of users wishing to experience, learn from and work with objects, archives and library collections and increasing the impact of collections. The workshop follows a previous event ‘Audiences: who do we think they are?’ and forms part of RLUK’s development work towards an audience focussed strategy for special collections.


W3. More than knowledge transmission: developing a skills-based model for engagement work with schools

Sarah Price, Head of Engagement and Learning, Culture Durham | Durham University

Many museums, archives and special collections libraries are now offering learning activities for schools. Understandably, most of these focus on increasing understanding of a particular topic in line with the demands of the new National Curriculum. The model used by the Culture Durham Learning Team in their education sessions, however, also seeks to embed the development of research skills in the belief that is an equally valuable lesson. This practical workshop will include an introduction to the work of the team and a number of hands-on activities that demonstrate how the model works in practice for a range of ages.


W4. Yes we can! Working with your communities to preserve digital collections for the future

Sarah Mason, Digital Preservation Specialist – Outreach and Training (Polonsky Fellow), Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
Lee Pretlove, Digital Preservation Specialist – Outreach and Training (Polonsky Fellow), Cambridge University Library

Intended to be an interactive learning experience, this workshop will encourage delegates to learn how to get their communities involved with the early stages of digital preservation. Crammed with practical hints, tips and advice this workshop will explain the ideas behind digital preservation, bust digital recordkeeping jargon and then practically demonstrate the basic steps involved with curating digital materials at the early stages of their life. This workshop will instil confidence in delegates when reaching out to the public and make them consider how their digital collections can be kept for future generations.


W5. Archives Revealed: Creating Access, Enabling Possibilities

Kate Wheeler, Head of Programmes and Policy, The National Archives
Lucy Davis, Sector Grants and Development Manager, The National Archives
Beth Astridge, Sector Grants and Development Manager, The National Archives

This workshop will discuss Archives Revealed, the new funding programme offered by The National Archives, providing attendees with practical knowledge about the programme, including advice on how to apply. The workshop will guide participants through the application processes for the programme, demonstrating the key components for success within the scheme, improving the fundraising awareness and capacity of organisations holding archives. This workshop will also discuss the place of the scheme within the context of The National Archives’ strategic vision for the archives sector, Archives Unlocked.


W6. Exploring Engagement of Communities through Collaborative Practice

David Huddleston, Head of Records Management, Cataloguing and Access, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Lorraine Bourke, Head of Private Records, PRONI
Hugh Campbell, Head of Digital Preservation, PRONI
Dr Lorraine Dennis, Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive Project Manager, Queen’s University, Belfast
Joanna McMinn, Vice-Chair of the Prisons Memory Archive Management Group

This workshop is for delegates interested in effective engagement delivered in partnership, where listening and learning are fundamental to success. Three interactive sessions centred on the following themes will be delivered:

  • Valuing community engagement
  • Engaging with diverse stakeholders
  • Social cohesion and hidden voices

We will explore how a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Prisons Memory Archive Management Group are working together to engage the public with their shared and contentious heritage, through a Heritage Lottery Funded project: Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive: preservation, access and engagement.