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DCDC16 Programme

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DCDC16 schedule

Day one - 10 October

  • 15:00 - 17:00 Workshop :: Grassroot Strategies for Digital Engagement: Manchester District Music Archive :: People's History Museum

    !! There are a limited number of spaces for this workshop so register early to guarantee a place !!

    Grassroot Strategies for Digital Engagement: Manchester District Music Archive

    Workshop convenor: Sarah Feinstein, University of Manchester

    Manchester District Music Archive is a user-led online community archive established in 2003 to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history. Using the ethos of DIY culture and the accessibility offered by the digital age, the Archive puts the public in the driving seat to promote hidden histories. The aim of this workshop is to share our experiences to date from the development of our innovative digital platform to our strategies for inclusive community engagement.

    Address: People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

    Nearest tram station: St Peter’s Square is currently closed for constructions works. The next closest tram stop is Deansgate-Castlefield (15 minute walk)


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

    Lowry compass room crop

    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.

    The Lowry reception will include the presentation of awards to the second cohort of Transforming Archives trainees by Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives. Transforming Archives is a partnership project, led by The National Archives and delivered in partnership with the host archive services, the Archives and Records Association (ARA), the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) and the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee. The Transforming Archives traineeships are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Skills for the Future programme. Further information about the project and the trainees can be found at

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

    Nearest tram station: MediaCityUK and Harbour City

Day two - 11 October

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

    Introduction to DCDC16 by David Prosser, Executive Director, RLUK

    Opening keynote :: Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, including a ministerial address by the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture (subject to parliamentary business).

    Following months of engagement and conversation across the archives sector, the first conference session will see the launch of the consultation for the new strategic Vision for Archives. This session will outline the contents of the proposed Vision, the next stage of its creation, and how you can get involved to shape it.

  • 10:15 - 10:45 Morning break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Panel sessions

    P1. Adventures in heritage science :: Hexagon Room

    P2. Uncovering hidden histories :: Compass Room

    P3. Progressive partnerships :: Quay Theatre

  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch :: Quay Bar

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

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





    Keynote :: Phil Lyons,
    National Holocaust Centre & Museum

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

    P4. Collections and contemporary challenge :: Quay Theatre

    P5. REF impact :: Compass Room

    Sponsor presentations :: Studio 3

    W1. From archive & academia to classroom & community :: Hexagon Room

  • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon break :: Quay Bar
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Panels & seminars

    P6. Going with the crowd :: Compass Room

    P7. Grand designs: the creative reuse of archive materials :: Quay Theatre

    W2. So now we know?  The National Archives/RLUK :: Hexagon Room

  • 17:45 - 18:30 Informal networking drinks

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

Day three - 12 October

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

    A new strategic vision for archives

    This year’s DCDC conference marks the official launch of the consultation on a new strategic vision for the archive sector in England. This summer we have engaged with a wide range of archives and partners to co-create an inspiring vision for archives and to prioritise areas of development to achieve it.

    Join colleagues and members of The National Archives Executive Team to learn more about the new vision, how we have created it, and what opportunities there are over the next few months to shape it.

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

    Welcome to returning and new delegates by Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives

    Nicola Wright 399

    Keynote :: Nicola Wright, London School of Economics

  • 10:15 - 10:45 Morning break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Panel sessions

    P8. Manipulating metadata :: Compass Room

    P9. Digital engagement :: Quay Theatre

    P10. Collections as agents of health and wellbeing :: Hexagon Room

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

    Carenza Lewis

    Keynote :: Carenza Lewis, University of Lincoln

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

    P11. Linked Open Data :: Hexagon Room

    P12. Putting communities on the map :: Compass Room

    P13. Making collections work harder :: Quay Theatre

    W3. RLUK workshop :: Studio 3

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

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

  • 16:15 - 17:45 Panels and workshops

    P14.Academics Curating/Curating Academics :: Compass Room

    P15. New audiences :: Quay Theatre

    W4. So, can I use that or not? Navigating rights… :: Hexagon Room

  • 17:45 - 18:00 Closing plenary

    Closing remarks by David Prosser, RLUK, and Matt Greenhall, The National Archives

Conference Dinner - 11 October

  • 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 £40 + VAT + Eventbrite fee and will need to be booked in addition to your conference ticket.