The Funders Marketplace is an RLUK initiative, introduced to DCDC last year and developed further during 2018 in collaboration with a growing number of UK-based funding bodies whose remits are relevant for museums, libraries and archives holding special collections.
The network of funders forms a key part of RLUK’s Special Collections Programme, the main driver for RLUK’s strategic activities and aims in this area. The goal of this year’s marketplace is to bring funders together with professionals from cultural heritage organisations. A series of short presentations on current funding opportunities from each funder represented will be followed by 1:1 surgery sessions, offering delegates a timed opportunity to pitch potential projects and share ideas for enhancing and strengthening collections across the country and beyond.
W1. All Together Now? – What’s the opportunity for a combined cultural offer to Higher Education Institutions?
Tina Morton, Head of Regional and Networks Team, The National Archives
Paddy McNulty, Culture Heritage Museums Consultant, Paddy McNulty Ltd
Katie Pekacar, Consultant, Independent Minds
Archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage organisations are increasingly collaborating with the higher education sector, providing opportunities for knowledge exchange across the sectors, and improving the resilience and sustainability of the cultural heritage organisation involved; and providing Higher Education Institutions with opportunities to assess the impact of their research, with projects that contribute to student employability, and offer an improved student experience. Much of this collaboration is running within sector silos, with each developing their own strategic vision of, and associated resources for, higher education collaboration. This workshop will explore whether there are opportunities for collaboration; risks if this were to happen and opportunities for joint success.
W2. Still Special? Digital collections and their users
Joseph Marshall, Head of Special Collections and the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh
Rachel Beckett, Associate Director of The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Who is using digitised and born-digital special collections, and what are they doing with them? Special Collections departments are digitising and releasing large quantities of material: how is this changing their audience profile and what are the implications? This workshop follows two previous events at DCDC on audiences for special collections, their expectations and needs, and takes this discussion into the online environment.
W3. People Make Memories: capturing and sharing collective memory through oral history in Malta
Charles Farrugia, CEO and National Archivist, The National Archives of Malta
Irene Sestili, Assistant Archivist, The National Archives of Malta
Sandra Blake, Archives Assistant, The National Archives of Malta
During this workshop, attendees will learn about how the National Archives of Malta (NAM) is using its national memory project, ‘MEMORJA’, to bridge the gap between the institution and ‘hidden’ Maltese communities through personal story-telling. The project is gradually shifting focus from predominantly public records, to those of memory evidence. This workshop will be approached through visual aids, audio clips, and participant interaction. It will be split into two parts, focusing on topics such as collection of the oral histories, new ways of making them widely available, and the project’s relationship with the public and other heritage organisations.
W4. The MIRRA Project: Supporting care leavers’ memories and identities through access to archives
Victoria Hoyle, Research Associate, Department of Information Studies, UCL
Darren Coyne, Project Officer, Care Leavers’ Association
The relationship between institutional archives, memory and identity is complex and contested. Never more so than when organisational records are also personal records representing the equivalent of childhood memories. An estimated 350,000 people in England spent their childhood in state care. Over 4000 of them request access to social care records each year in order to answer questions about their pasts. This workshop explores ongoing research into the practical, emotional and psychological challenges of accessing these ‘files’, including testimonies from care-experienced people, practical exercises and discussion that reflects on the wider social justice implications of the case study.