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DCDC17 pre-conference workshops

Please note that places for each workshop are limited, and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, so we would advise that you register early if you wish to attend one of the pre-conference workshops.

If there are no places available when you register please contact Melanie Cheung to be put on the waiting list.



Successful partnerships: A practical guide

Manchester Libraries and Archives services (Archives+)
Venue:  Room F12, Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS (Directions)

This will be an interactive session featuring workshops, discussions and practical exercises. Since 2012, Manchester Libraries and Archives Service has been the lead organisation for two new partnerships: Archives+ and Greater Manchester Archives and Local Studies Partnership. Learn from our experience, with a chance to discuss successful approaches to partnership working, strategic management and achieving outcomes for customers.



Audience development at the John Rylands Library: Working hard to establish relevance with special collections

University of Manchester
Venue: Christie Room, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester (Directions)

The John Rylands Library houses the University of Manchester’s Special Collections within an amazing neo Gothic building in the heart of Manchester. Over the past two years our audience-focussed approach to everything we do has helped us to establish our relevance.

At this workshop we will share with you the tools we’ve used to answer these questions:

Who are our ‘core’ and ‘keep warm’ audiences and how can we shape our programme to make us relevant to them?

  • What is our identity and how does that speak through what we do?
  • What interpretation skills do we need?
  • What partnerships should we develop to enhance our offer?
  • How do we evaluate what we do to show it has worked?

Our session will be interactive so please come with some ideas/examples of the following from your own organisation:

  • What is your identity?
  • How does that come across?
  • Who are your audiences?
  • How do you know you are relevant?
  • Examples of interpretation from your organisation or one you aspire to be like


Difficult Conversations – Creating relevant and responsive public engagement opportunities about past conflict and the contemporary world

Imperial War Museums 
Venue: IWM North, Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford, Manchester, M17 1TZ (Directions)

2017 marks IWM’s centenary. IWM was founded to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences, civilian and military, during the First World War and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society. One hundred years later, we aim to be as relevant as we were in 1917. Considering case studies from our recent programmes, we will lead discussion of how public engagement and learning programmes can be responsive to current events, shifting media, and new technologies while contributing to, and driving, public debate grounded in research, sites, collections, and stories from 100 years of conflict. This workshop will explore the challenges of working to facilitate difficult conversations about the causes, course and consequences of past and contemporary conflict and its relevance to all our lives.