"DCDC Conference 2017
The cultural value of collections and the creative economy
Where: The Lowry, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
When: 27-29 November 2017
Cost: from £30 (booking fees apply). See the DCDC17 FAQ for full information on ticket prices
The National Archives and RLUK are pleased to be returning to The Lowry, Salford Quays for the fifth DCDC Conference. Join us for three days of discussions and workshops on how we gather, measure and present evidence of the cultural value and impact of our collections.
Archives, libraries, museums and heritage organisations across the UK and further afield have actively looked to examine, capture and measure the wider social, cultural and economic impact of their collections, and to engage more effectively with a wider variety of audiences. Work in this area continues to evolve, as does the need for new and better ways of evidencing value and impact through continuing research and the effective sharing of experiences within and between sectors.
DCDC17 will consider how, by working collaboratively through networks of inter and cross-disciplinary initiatives, we can continue to improve and develop methodologies in order to build a strong evidence base to demonstrate the cultural value of collections and their contribution to the creative economy.
· Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, School of Advanced Study
· Shân Maclennan, Deputy Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
· Mike Jackson, Chief Executive, North Somerset Council
· Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries
For the first time at DCDC we will host a funders marketplace, which will take place throughout the day on Tuesday 28 November.
This is a practical event around the funding of collections which brings together funders and professionals from cultural heritage organisations, such as archives, museums and libraries, to discuss prospective funding opportunities and ideas for enhancing and strengthening collections across the country and beyond. More specifically, interested delegates will have the chance to learn about current funding opportunities, pitch their ideas directly to funders and get expert advice in short one-to-one sessions. Through DCDC17, we hope that these conversations, which started as part of the RLUK Special Collections Programme, will reach a wider audience that could potentially benefit from them.
Collaboration is the overarching theme running through the DCDC Conference series. We know that networking and making connections, with both old and new faces, is important to delegates, so we have arranged a number of events to help you get the most out of the conference. On 27 November we will be holding three interactive pre-conference workshops across Manchester, led by Manchester Libraries and Archives Services, the University of Manchester, and the Imperial War Museum.
A fun, informal way to meet fellow delegates will be to join us at the pre-conference drinks reception on 27 November, and the Conference Dinner on 28 November at the stunning Imperial War Museum North.
For full information on the DCDC Conference please visit the DCDC website."