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DCDC19 workshops and Funders Marketplace

Funders Marketplace


The Funders Marketplace is an RLUK initiative, aiming to bring together funders and professionals from cultural heritage organisations to discuss prospective funding opportunities and ideas for enhancing and strengthening collections across the country and beyond.

The Funders Marketplace at DCDC19 will entail two sessions. A morning panel session which will throw a spotlight on three cases of fruitful collaboration between funding and cultural organisations, such as libraries and archives, that led to successful grant applications for supporting collections. These examples will also aim to showcase the innovative potential of collections and archives for research, teaching, and public engagement in the digital age and will provide plenty of lessons learnt, challenges, best practice and advice for those looking to obtain future funding.

Digitising archives of heath and disease in India at the British Library

Chris Hassan, Portfolio Manager, Wellcome Trust
Antonia Moon, Lead Curator, post-1858 India Office Records, British Library

Arranging the file legacy of the desktop publishing revolution for preservation and dissemination: How an Archives Revealed Scoping Grant supported the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in dealing with its early born digital material

Beth Astridge and Lucy Davis, The National Archives
Frank Owen, Max Communications
Antonio Sama, on behalf of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

The journey of a major acquisition – securing the archive of John Lambton, ‘Radical Jack’ for Durham
Judy Burg, Head of Collections, Durham University

During lunchtime, and over 1:1 sessions, delegates will be able to meet with representatives of some of the major cultural and research funding bodies active in the UK to find out about funding opportunities, seek advice on funding applications, pitch ideas for prospective projects, or request general guidance on obtaining funding for projects.

The surgery sessions are to be held in the Rookeries. Appointments can be booked in advance online (details TBC), or on the day of the event (by the registration desk).

The following funding bodies will be participating in the 1:1 session. There are no restrictions on the number of funders that delegates can book appointments for.

  • The National Archives
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council


W1. Digitisation for digital scholarship: shaping requirements for a more strategic and coordinated approach to digitisation

Paola Marchionni, Head of digital resources for teaching, learning and research, Jisc
Neil Grindley, Head of Resource discovery, Jisc

This hands-on workshop will be an opportunity for participants to provide input into the strategic direction of Jisc’s work to support institutions with a more coordinated approach to digitisation in its broader sense.

The workshop will include interactive group work and focus on two priority areas that have emerged from consultation so far: 1)  collaboration to support digitisation and discovery of digitised collections through a potential Jisc-JSTOR partnership and 2) a knowledge sharing network across relevant stakeholders.

We welcome participants’ input and feedback to help inform Jisc’s work with and across the sector and prioritise concrete interventions. The workshop will be relevant to colleagues both in strategic and operational roles within libraries and archives.


W2. Digital scholarship and the modern research library


Judy Burg, Head of Collections, Durham University
Siobhán Convery, Assistant Director, Collections Strategy, University of Glasgow
Anna Grigson, Head of Content and Discovery, LSE
Lorna Hughes, Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Glasgow


This workshop will bring together practitioners and leaders to explore different perspectives on navigating the digital shift. The workshop will be presented and facilitated jointly by members of RLUK networks (relating to Digital Scholarship, Collections Strategy, Special Collections, and Leadership at Associate Director and Director level). We can all see the potential of linking our collections and the expertise of staff within libraries, with new digital technologies and the emerging research interests and teaching methods which they can enable. Through thought –provoking questions and discussions we will seek to offer ideas that bring together expertise and leadership to help realise this potential.


W3. Transcription in the age of machines: a workshop


Mark Bell, Senior Digital Researcher, The National Archives
Pip Willcox, Head of Research, The National Archives
Francesca Mackenzie, Digital Archivist, The National Archives
Louise Seaward, Academic Engagement Manager, The National Archives
Jane Whittle, Professor of Economic and Social History, Exeter University


Advances in Machine Learning enable computers to learn to ‘read’ handwriting. With millions of pages of digitised handwritten documents, heritage organisations have the potential to make these documents fully searchable, and to turn them into linked datasets, surfacing millions of connections between documents. Machines can’t do everything: in order to learn thousands of styles of handwriting they need help from people.

This workshop will present The National Archives’ work with the Transkribus platform, experiment with methods of engaging audiences with training in fun, educational and rewarding ways, and identify opportunities for collaboration in projects wishing to explore this technology.

If you will be attending ‘W3. Transcription in the age of machines: a workshop’, please visit in advance and register for an account. Please also bring a laptop to the workshop.