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DCDC19 Programme

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Download the DCDC19 programme as a pdf– updated 01.11.19

DCDC19 schedule

Day one - 12 November

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Tour :: Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    Museum of the Jewellery Quarter tour
    Venue: Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-80 Vyse St, Birmingham B18 6HA

    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.

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

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Workshop :: Speaking of Shakespeare – and the Modern City

    Speaking of Shakespeare – and the Modern City
    Venue: Library of Birmingham 

    Tom Epps, Cultural Partnerships Manager, Library of Birmingham

    Ewan Fernie, Director of the ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project, University of Birmingham

    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 Shakespeare collection 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 to Everybody’ 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

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Workshop :: Removing the Barriers: Open Access at Birmingham Museums Trust

    Removing the Barriers: Open Access at Birmingham Museums Trust
    Venue: Museum Collection Centre, 25 Dollman Street, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 4RQ

    Linda Spurdle, Digital Development Manager, Museum Collection Centre

    Nadine Lees, Digital Media and Rights Officer, Museum Collection Centre

    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

  • 18:00 - 20:00 DCDC19 welcome social

    Kick off your DCDC19 experience the right way by joining us at the welcome social, being held at Ikon Gallery on the evening of 12 November. We’re proud that DCDC19 brings together collections professionals and supporters from across the different sectors and the social is a perfect opportunity for delegates, both new and returning, to meet the DCDC community over wines and canapes.

    We’ll be facilitating a casual networking activity that will help delegates arrange themselves into informal groups for more networking over dinner after the social.

    Address:  Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

Day two - 13 November

  • 08:30 - 09:15 Registration :: Mercian Suite
  • 09:15 - 10:15 Welcome and opening keynote :: Mercian Suite

    Introduction to DCDC19 by Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives

    Keynote presentation:

    Tonya Nelson Director of Arts Technology and Innovation, Arts Council England

  • 10:15 - 10:45 Room changeover
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning sessions

    P1. Developing digital platforms:: Mercian Suite

    P2. Digital inclusion :: Rookeries

    Funders Marketplace: Funding innovation in the digital age :: Imagine

  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch :: Mercian Suite
  • 12:25 - 13:15 Funders Marketplace 1:1 sessions :: Rookeries

    1:1 surgery sessions, offering delegates a timed opportunity to pitch potential projects and share ideas for enhancing and strengthening collections across the country and beyond. 1:1 sessions need to be pre-booked.

  • 13:15 - 14:00 Keynote :: Mercian Suite

    Keynote presentation:

    Liz Jolly, Chief Librarian, The British Library

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

    P3. The digital workforce: navigating the skills shift :: Mercian Suite

    P4. The power of storytelling :: Imagine

    W1. Digitisation for digital scholarship workshop :: Rookeries

  • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon break :: Mercian Suite
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Afternoon sessions

    P5. Value and the digital archive :: Mercian Suite

    P6. Immersive experiences :: Imagine

    W2. Digital Scholarship and the modern research library :: Rookeries

  • 18:30 - 23:00 Conference dinner :: Library of Birmingham

    Conference delegates are warmly invited to join us at the conference dinner, to be held at the Library of Birmingham, located in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

    The dinner will feature a three-course meal with wine, and is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with fellow delegates and reflect on the day’s discussions.

Day three - 14 November

  • 08:30 - 09:15 Registration :: Mercian Suite
  • 08:30 - 09:15 The National Archives' breakfast briefing :: Rookeries

    The National Archives’ ambitious new strategic vision, Archives for Everyone, challenges us to become the 21st Century national archive – inclusive, entrepreneurial and disruptive. It reaffirms engagement with the widest possible audience as the heart of our mission and sets out the radical changes we need to make to our culture and practice to realise our full potential. Join Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, and Valerie Johnson, Research and Collections Director at the Breakfast Briefing to hear more about the new strategy.

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

    Welcome to returning and new delegates by David Prosser, Executive Director, RLUK


    Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist, University of Maryland

  • 10:15 - 10:45 Morning break :: Mercian Suite
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning sessions

    P7. Digital engagement :: Imagine

    P8. Digital transformation: organisations and practices :: Mercian Suite

    W3. Transcription in the age of machines: a workshop :: Rookeries

  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch // Professional Fellows poster presentations :: Mercian Suite
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Manage Your Collections drop-in clinic :: Rookeries

    Manage Your Collections (MYC) allows archives the ability to easily upload and manage collections information in Discovery, The National Archive’s catalogue for UK archival collections data.

    This drop-in clinic is open to anyone who would like to find out more about Manage Your Collections and what it can offer your archive. Members of Archive Sector Development will be on hand to answer questions on MYC and how it works as well as giving demonstrations of the interface and answering queries about collections information and Discovery.

    By using our custom Excel ISAD(G) compliant template or uploading collections data exported directly from your collections management system, MYC offers a free way to widen access to your collections, set them in a local and national context and promote them to Discovery’s international reach.

  • 13:15 - 14:00 Keynote :: Mercian Suite

    Keynote presentation:

    David De Roure, Professor of e-Research, University of Oxford

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

    P9. A sustainable future: is digital the solution? :: Mercian Suite

    P10. Changing formats, evolving practice :: Imagine

    P11. Enabling digital scholarship :: Rookeries

  • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon break :: Mercian Suite
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Afternoon sessions

    P12. Digital collections: measuring impact :: Mercian Suite

    P13. Blockchain: the future for collections? :: Imagine