Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016

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Date / time: 10 October - 12 October, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

The Lowry, Pier 8

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016


 What:  Collections, connections, collaborations: From potential to impact.

 When: 10th-12th October 2016

 Where: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ

 Cost: £50 full conference/£30 day-rate (please note booking fees will apply).

 Full programme:  


 The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are delighted to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference – Collections, connections, collaborations: From potential to impact.

In the last decade, notions of impact have risen to the forefront of discourse and debate within the heritage, research, and academic sectors. As budgets across the heritage sector have retracted, organisations of every size and shape have had to review their working practices, and look at qualifying and quantifying the impact of their collections and activities, and their relation to wider social, cultural and economic agendas.

Simultaneously, academics, research bodies, and universities are actively considering the social, cultural and economic impact of their research, and are exploring innovative ways through which this can be demonstrated, as a part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Heritage and cultural organisations have shown themselves as valuable partners in the achievement, dissemination, and demonstration of impact for academic research, not as passive “routes to market”, but as valuable co-creators.

This year’s conference will bring together more than 70 speakers to discuss these issues and explore the varied and innovative ways in which archives, museums, libraries, and academia can help realise the potential of collections and translate this into social, cultural, and economic impact. Keynote speakers include:

  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (jointly with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport) and Minister for Intellectual Property [subject to Parliamentary business].
  • Nicola Wright (Director of LSE Library Services)
  • Professor Carenza Lewis (Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, University of Lincoln).

There will also be a pre-conference reception at The Lowry on the Monday evening and on Tuesday the conference dinner will be held in the spectacular surroundings of the Imperial War Museum North.