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DCDC19 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/tour.

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.


Speaking of Shakespeare – and the Modern City

Venue: Library of Birmingham

Tom Epps, Cultural Partnerships Manager and Ewan Fernie (University of Birmingham), Director of the ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project.

The University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council are collaborating on a £1 million plan to revive and reanimate the city’s almost-forgotten Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library. It was the first great Shakespeare Library in the world and remains the oldest and largest Shakespearecollection in any public library.

From its inception, the collection was part of a radical effort to unlock establishment culture for all citizens.Taking inspiration from this, the ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project seeks to share Birmingham’s Shakespeare heritage with everyone in the changed circumstances and with the new technologies available in twenty-first-century Birmingham.

The Speaking of Shakespeare workshop will explore some of the key opportunities and challenges of bringing community voices to online catalogues and other digital documents. Using the ‘Everything toEverybody’ Project and its extensive community engagement programme as a case study, it will invite all participants to share priorities, experience and recommended practice.

Places: 30




Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Tour

Venue: Museum of  the Jewellery Quarter

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in 1981 they simply ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

Places: 16

Cost: £10 plus VAT and Eventbrite fees. Refunds will not be possible after 1 October


Removing the Barriers: Open Access at Birmingham Museums Trust

Venue: The Museum Collection Centre

Linda Spurdle, Digital Development Manager

Nadine Lees, Digital Media and Rights Officer

This workshop will focus on the decision by Birmingham Museums Trust to make images of its out of copyright collections freely available under a Creative Commons CC0 waiver. It will look at the arguments for and against open access, including issues around income generation and the fear of losing authority over art works. We will also look at the response and impact since BMT made this move in 2018. There will be an opportunity to work together to explore institutional barriers to open access and how these might be overcome.

The workshop will be followed by a tour of the Museum Collection Centre, a 1.5 hectare site that holds 80 per cent of Birmingham Museums’ collections. Among the thousands of objects stored here are steam engines, sculptures, an entire collection of Austin, Rover and MG motor cars and even a red phone box

Places: 30