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DCDC18 pre-conference workshops

Please note that places for each workshop are limited, and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, so we would advise that you register early if you wish to attend one of the pre-conference workshops.

If there are no places available when you register please contact Melanie Cheung to be put on the waiting list.

If you have registered for a pre-conference workshop but are unable to attend please contact Melanie Cheung as soon as possible so that we can release places to other delegates.


Communities, Collections, & Partnerships

Library of Birmingham
Venue: Wolfson Centre for Archival Research, Level 4, Library of Birmingham (Directions)

This workshop will be a reflective session looking at work undertaken by the Library of Birmingham in partnership with the British Library on the 2017 Connecting Stories project. The workshop will aim to cover the following things:

— Reflecting your communities in your collecting and activity.
— Partnership working (communities, libraries, other partners).
— Community co-design (delivering events that connect with your audience).
— Engagement Activity – case studies.
— Legacy.
— What went well, what didn’t, what can we do better?

Places: 20




Collective Memories of Mughal India

Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham
Venue: Cadbury Research Library, LG Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, is presenting the exhibition ‘Mughal Miniatures: Power, Piety & Poetry’ based on Mughal manuscripts and miniature paintings from the Mingana Collection. The exhibition will run from July to December 2018 at the university campus, followed by another exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in the summer of 2019. These exhibitions were inspired by the reactions of visitors from local South Asian community and the curator’s knowledge of which aspects of the collection will tap into ‘hidden’ collective cultural memories about the owners of these items. Neelam Hussain will discuss the inspiration behind the exhibitions and the reception from visitors. The workshop will include an opportunity to view the exhibition.

Places: 20


Giving audiences remote control  – exploring care home engagement with the over 75s

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (Directions)

Led by Jon Sleigh, Learning Officer (Arts Council Collection). The workshop will look at how Birmingham Museums Trust dramatically increased representation for over 75s at its exhibitions. The workshop will focus on action research with arts engagement combining livestreaming from care homes to galleries and object handling. Attendees will be introduced to a new learning model of engagement with audiences over 75 sharing case studies and a live demonstration of online learning. We will explore outreach participation, and how it develops onsite gallery visits, plus the creation of artworks for reminiscence and well-being.

Places: 30



A Paranoid Revolution – What does a musical heritage tour look (sound) like?

Jez Collins, Birmingham Music Archive
Meeting point: Car Park on Hill St/Hinckley St (next to BCEC, Birmingham – google maps)

In this workshop you will be transported through Birmingham to visit some of the sites associated with the city’s rich and diverse musical heritage and culture accompanied by an audio and visual soundtrack. We’ll visit the childhood home of Ozzy Osbourne, the basement flat where Steel Pulse first rehearsed, a legendary recording studio and travel down the Soho Rd, the home of Bhangra. The tour will show how communities live, work and play next to each other and how this has been reflected in the music that has emanated from the city. We’ll also highlight some of the issues faced by community historians and archivists when the spaces and places associated with cultural activities no longer exist.

Places: 7

** Please note that this tour may take longer than detailed, dependant on traffic conditions on the day. There is a high step to access the tour van.