DCDC21

Catalysts for change: transforming our practices, collections, and communities through times of crisis

28 June – 2 July 2021

DCDC21 will explore how crisis can act as a catalyst for change within libraries, archives, museums, and cultural organisations. It will explore the impact that crisis can have on working practices, collections, and audience engagement, and how periods of turbulence can lead to new opportunities for research and collaboration. It will seek to examine how cultural heritage organisations can look beyond times of crisis and foster innovation and collaboration in their institutions and communities.

DCDC stands for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities. We are a cross-sectoral conference, hosted by The National ArchivesRLUK and Jisc, that brings together the GLAMA sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia) to shine a light on our shared experiences, innovations, interests and concerns.

History Day at DCDC21

We are pleased to be hosting a special History Day event during DCDC21. On the afternoon of 30 June there will be a free event, organised by the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library, to showcase the value of collaborations between collections staff and researchers. Click here to find out more and register.

DCDC21 Keynotes

Lisa Conte

Head of Conservation, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Lisa Conte has been the Head of Conservation at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum since 2017.

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Melanie Keen

Director, Wellcome Collection

Melanie Keen is Director of Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library in London which aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health.

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Nicola Laurent

President, Australian Society of Archivists

Nicola Laurent is the Senior Project Archivist on the Find & Connect web resource, University of Melbourne.

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Zak Mensah

Co-CEO, Birmingham Museums Trust

Zak is Co-CEO jointly responsible for setting BMT’s direction.

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John Orna-Ornstein

Director of Culture and Engagement, National Trust

John Orna-Ornstein is director of culture and engagement at the National Trust, with responsibility for leading the organisation’s care for, and programming of, its historic places.

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Olivette Otele

Professor of History of Slavery and Memory of Enslavement,University of Bristol

Olivette Otele PhD, FRHistS is a Professor of History of Slavery and Memory of Enslavement at the University of Bristol.

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  • AHRC

    The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is proud to endorse the stated intentions and spirit of the Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference 2021. AHRC recognises and celebrates that great research is underpinned by strong scholarly and working collaborations: between scholars, fields of study, and communities of practice. In bringing together colleagues from across the gallery, libraries, archival, and museum sectors (GLAM), with members of the academic and scholarly communities, AHRC recognises the important role that DCDC conferences have in actively encouraging cross-sector collaboration. The theme of DCDC21 is particularly pertinent to these cross-sector discussions. During a time of unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change, it has never been more important for members of the GLAM sector and academic community to work together to face collective challenges, seize shared opportunities, and work together to enable high-impact scholarly research. AHRC supports the aims and intentions of DCDC21 and would encourage researchers and fellows to join it in taking an active role in the conference’s discussions and debates.

  • British Academy

    Great research is underpinned by strong scholarly and working collaborations: between scholars, fields of study, and communities of practice. The Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference 2021 comes at a time of unprecedented societal, economic, and cultural change - it has never been more important for members of the GLAM sector and academic community to work together to face collective challenges, seize shared opportunities, and work together to enable high-impact scholarly research -Professor Simon Swain, Vice President for Research and Higher Education Policy

  • Arts Council England

    Arts Council England is proud to endorse the stated intentions and spirit of the Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference 2021. Arts Council England recognises and celebrates that great research is underpinned by strong scholarly and working collaborations: between scholars, fields of study, and communities of practice. In bringing together colleagues from across the gallery, libraries, archival, and museum sectors (GLAM), with members of the academic and scholarly communities, Arts Council England recognises the value of the DCDC21 conference in bringing colleagues together to support cross-sectoral development and collaboration during this crucial time. As England’s development agency for arts, libraries and museums, Arts Council England strongly supports the aims and intentions of DCDC21 and encourages researchers and fellows to join it in taking an active role in the conference’s discussions and debates on behalf of the academic and scholarly community - Aysha Afridi, Senior Manager, Museums (Collections Development)

General information

Virtual platform

DCDC21 will be held on the Pheedloop platform. Pheedloop works on all modern browsers, but does not work on Internet Explorer.

Conference fees

  • DCDC21 early bird (UK and Northern Ireland): £45 +VAT (£54)
  • DCDC21 early bird (International): £45 

*** Early bird tickets will be available up to Monday 31 May 18:00 (BST) only

  • DCDC21 delegate (UK and Northern Ireland): £60 +VAT (£72) 
  • DCDC21 delegate (International): £60 

Registration info

Registration for the conference can be done online via Eventbrite.

Further information can be found at the DCDC21 FAQ. We strongly advise delegates to review the FAQ before registering.

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