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Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Forging collection-based collaboration

29-30 October 2014

Birmingham, United Kingdom | Library of Birmingham


‘Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Forging collection-based collaboration between archives, museums and academia’ is a free collaborative conference organised by Research Libraries UK, The National Archives, Arts Council England, and in association with the Library of Birmingham and University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library.


This year’s conference follows on from the success and popularity of 'Enhancing Impact, Inspiring Excellence: collaborative approaches between archives and universities' held at The University of Birmingham in September 2013. It will explore the 'discoverability' of collections across different formats, institutions and professions. It will investigate the potential collections have for engaging with a range of communities, whether academic, socio-economic, or demographic.


Format:This year's conference will be spread across two days, 29th and 30th October. The first day will explore the possibilities and methodologies of collection-based collaboration between archives, museums and universities, and is open to all those working across the heritage, cultural and academic sectors. The day will consist of a series of 20 minute presentations, key note speeches, open discussions, and networking opportunities.

Day two will consist on a series of focused workshops and round-table discussions hosted and delivered by individual interest groups. Workshops will focus upon the technical possibilities of discoverability and cross-collection collaboration and will be tailored to specific sector needs.

Fees and charges:There is no conference fee for this conference, although registration is required. Conference delegates are required to fund their travel and accommodation. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. A charge applies to attend the Conference meal and networking event on the evening of 29th October (evening of day 1).


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