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DCDC17 Programme

Funders Marketplace


We are pleased to announce details for the first Funders’ Marketplace taking place at this year’s DCDC Conference. The Funders Marketplace brings together the main cultural and heritage funding bodies working in the UK, and is an excellent opportunity for you to speak directly with funders, learn about current funding opportunities, pitch your ideas directly to funders, and get expert advice in 1:1 sessions.

Funding organisations that will be represented at the event are:

  • AHRC
  • Arts Council England
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • The National Archives
  • Wellcome Trust

The Funders Marketplace will be held on Tuesday 28 November, and will run over three sessions:

Meet the funders sessions (10:45 – 12:15 & 14:15 – 15:45)

Find out more about the different funding bodies through short presentations.There will be an opportunity in the second half of the session for general group discussions with each funder. This session will be repeated at 14:15.

1:1 session (16:15 – 17:45)

This session will be for short 1:1 sessions with each funder, which you will be able to sign up for on a first-come, first-served basis on the day (unfortunately you will not be able to sign up for 1:1s in advance).

DCDC17 schedule

Day one - 27 November

  • 15:00 - 17:00 Workshop :: Successful partnerships: A practical guide :: Manchester City Council

    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

    Location: TBC

  • 15:00 - 17:00 Workshop :: Audience development at the John Rylands Library: Working hard to establish relevance with special collections.

    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.

    Location: Christie Room, The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH (Directions)

  • 15:00 - 17:00 Workshop :: Creating relevant and responsive public engagement opportunities about past conflict and the contemporary world :: IWM

    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.

    Location: Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1TZ

  • 18:30 - 22:00 Pre-conference reception

    The pre-conference reception is an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow delegates before the conference. Join us in the Compass Room at the Lowry for drinks, good food and good company. Tickets for the pre-conference reception are £25 + VAT and Eventbrite fee.

    Address:  Compass Room, The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

    Nearest tram station: MediaCityUK and Harbour City

Day two - 28 November

  • 08:30 - 09:15 Registration :: Quays Bar
  • 09:15 - 10:15 Welcome and opening keynote :: Quays Theatre

    Introduction to DCDC17 by David Prosser, Executive Director, RLUK

    Opening keynote :: Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London

    Thinking about the value of culture, thinking about the value of collections 

    The way we discuss the value of arts and culture has come to concentrate on advocacy for public funding and arguments that might resonate with the government of the day. The consequence has been to narrow the areas of value highlighted and the evidence deployed, and has failed to satisfy practitioners in arts and culture. Drawing on the work undertaken for the AHRC Cultural Value Project, this keynote will argue for a broader approach to the forms of cultural experience and the areas of benefit explored, for a more realistic approach to evidence, and a broader set of tools for capturing cultural value. It will reflect on how these conclusions might be helpful for understanding the value of museums, archives, heritage and their collections.

  • 10:15 - 10:45 Morning break :: Quays Bar
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning sessions

    P1. Measuring the cultural value of collections and partnerships :: Quays Theatre

    P2. Impact of the archive, library and museum sectors on communities of academic practice :: Compass Room

    W1. What difference does it make? Creative methodologies for sustainable partnership building :: Hexagon Room

    Funders marketplace :: Studio 3

  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch :: Quays Bar

    We hope the morning’s sessions have inspired you. Connect with delegates and say hello to our exhibitors in the Quay Bar.

  • 12:15 - 12:30 Sponsor presentation :: Gale, a Cengage Company :: Quays Theatre

    On Opposing Sides: The Stuart and the Cumberland Papers from the Royal Archives, Windsor Castle

    Oli Howe, UK Sales Manager, Gale
    Vicky Fielding,  Senior Strategic Marketing Manager, Gale 

    As the Royal Archives opens up its unique holdings of private and official royal correspondence and related collections, this presentation offers a preview of two remarkable collections which have been digitized by Gale, on behalf of the Royal Archives, as part of the State Papers Online programme.

    The Cumberland Papers are the military papers of William Augustus who famously defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden while the Stuart Papers is the Jacobite archive: the papers of exiled James II and his Stuart heirs and Pretenders to the British throne. Listen to their story through preservation to online access.

  • 13:15 - 14:00 Keynote :: Quays Theatre

    Chaired by Isobel Hunter, Head of Archive Sector Development, The National Archives

    Keynote :: Shân Maclennan, Deputy Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

    The Telepathy of Archives

    I’ve borrowed this title from Susan Howe, American poet, scholar, essayist and critic. I like it – and the mysterious, poetic book it describes – because it suggests that Archives are a living entity, a conduit between past and future, between reality and dreams; a thread which links individuals across time and geography and allows them to get to know each other for the benefit of future generations. My work at Southbank Centre has been based on an encounter with our archive which is as real as a meeting with another human being. In my talk, I’m going to explore the nature of this relationship and I’m going to consider the possibility that it is through the intimate exploration of a carefully preserved and inclusive history that we can truly imagine and go on to build the future. 

  • 14:00 - 14:15 Room changeover
  • 14:15 - 15:45 Afternoon sessions

    P3. Evidencing value, impacts and benefits of archive and library services :: Quays Theatre

    P4. Curative collections: preserving and reflecting voices in conflict, dissent, and displacement :: Compass Room

    W2. RLUK Special Collections workshop :: Hexagon Room

    Funders marketplace :: Studio 3

  • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon break :: Quays Bar
  • 16:15 - 18:00 Afternoon sessions

    P5. Engaging communities: crowdsourcing, creative spaces and cultural cohesion :: Quays Theatre

    P6. Engaging audiences with real and imagined cultural environments :: Compass Room

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

    Funders marketplace :: Studio 3

  • 17:45 - 18:30 Informal networking drinks

    The Quays Bar at The Lowry will be open for drinks should delegates wish to network and purchase refreshments ahead of the conference dinner.

Day three - 29 November

  • 08:30 - 09:15 Registration :: Quays Bar
  • 08:30 - 09:15 The National Archives breakfast briefing :: Compass Room

    Archives at the cross-roads: the disruptive digital archive

    John Sheridan, Digital Director at The National Archives, will discuss the complexities of the digital challenge facing the archives sector in conversation with Geoff Browell, Head of Archives Services at King’s College London. Using the recent release of The National Archives’ own Digital Strategy as a starting point, John will explore the necessity of a revolution in archival practice, as well as the issues that are currently being encountered as archives strive to acquire, preserve, and present born-digital collections.

  • 09:15 - 10:15 Day three introduction and keynote :: Quays Theatre

    Welcome to returning and new delegates by Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections, The National Archives.

    Keynote by Mike Jackson, Chief Executive, North Somerset Council

    Weston after Dismaland – Banksy and Beyond

    This is a story about the power of art. About a contemporary art exhibition conceived, planned and built in secret, that became a global media phenomenon and catalyst for the regeneration of Weston-super-Mare. And how North Somerset is using that to help drive a fundamental re-positioning of Weston – as a dynamic, major urban centre by the sea. Forget what you thought you knew about Weston – this is the birth of ‘Weston urban cool’!

  • 10:15 - 10:45 Morning break :: Quays Bar
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning sessions

    P7. Heritage and the human experience: hidden voices, social cohesion and diversity :: Quays Theatre

    P8. The impact of special collections in academic research partnerships :: Compass Room

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

    Sponsor presentations :: Studio 3

  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch :: Quays Bar
  • 13:15 - 14:00 Keynote :: Quays Theatre

    Keynote :: Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries

    How to bring millions of researchers to your (virtual) doorstep: the case of the Biodiversity Heritage Library

    In 2004, librarians from natural history museums and botanical gardens gathered to see it it were possible to help remove the number one obstacle preventing faster identification of new species on a planet where every day, according to one estimate, 25 to 150 species are going extinct. In 2016, the Biodiversity Heritage Library celebrated its 10th anniversary and received over 2 milllion visits.  Biologists report that BHL has had “a big, positive impact” on their research, is “the first place” they go, is the “go-to resource.” How did this happen? This presentation reveals the answer.

  • 14:00 - 14:15 Room changeover
  • 14:15 - 15:45 Afternoon sessions

    P9. Curating collections: the cultural, social, and economic value of collecting :: Compass Room

    P10. Opening up collections through digital technology and online toolkits :: Quays Theatre

    W5. Archives revealed: Creating access, enabling possibilities :: Hexagon Room

  • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon break :: Quays Bar

    Coffee. We’re going to need lots of coffee.

  • 16:15 - 17:45 Afternoon sessions

    P11. New audiences for historical science archives :: Compass Room

    P12. The politics of collections: advocacy and institutional support :: Quays Theatre

    W6. Exploring engagement of communities through collaborative practice :: Hexagon Room

Conference Dinner - 28 November

  • 19:00 - 23:00 Conference Dinner :: Imperial War Museum North

    IWM 1Conference delegates are warmly invited to join us at the conference dinner, to be held at the Imperial War Museum North, located just across the river from The Lowry. The dinner is an opportunity to dine and network with colleagues amongst the fabulous exhibits of IWM North.

    The dinner will consist of a three course meal with wine. The cost of the dinner is £50 + VAT + Eventbrite fee and will need to be booked in addition to your conference ticket.

    The DCDC17 Conference Dinner is kindly supported by