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.

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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  • “Listening to speakers and talking to delegates gives me ideas for future projects; solidifies goals for the future and, most importantly, reignites my enthusiasm for our role in studying the past, the present and influencing the future. This is a great conference for those at the beginning of their careers as well as those like myself who manage services.”

  • “The conference inspired me to look into new innovations and also increased my confidence to pursue and shout about my own work. As always, it’s great to hear about peoples’ experiences – both positive and negative.”

  • “Catching up with old friends, making new ones and the opportunity to discuss best practice and explore collaborative opportunities with fellow professionals was great.”

  • “The essential conference. This is the single most useful and inspiring professional event that I attend.”

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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