Community Archives Conference: Partnership and Community

This message comes from the Community Archive Development Group. It should be an interesting day all round, since the question of partnerships is one of the most pressing for all independent heritage organisations. BME archives are strongly represented too, both by the Northamptonshire Black History Project and, I think I’m right in saying, by the unconfirmed speaker who’ll be talking about ‘Going it Alone’… More details when that’s official

The Community Archive Development Group is following up last year’s successful conference by offering an opportunity for practitioners and interested parties to get together and find out more partnerships between professionals and community groups.

This year’s conference will be held, as before, in conjunction with and hosted by the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies at University College London on Wednesday 18th June. The conference is free to attend, and lunch will be provided.

In addition to the interesting line-up of speakers led by Gerry Slater, recently retired Director of PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), who will be delivering the key-note address, there will also be an opportunity for individuals and groups to seek help and advice from an array of experts, including Jack Latimer, Louise Ray and Jonathan Rhys-Lewis. The full programme is given below.

If you would like to attend (and places have already been snapped up) then please go to our online booking form or to the main website and follow the links. If anyone has trouble with the website, or does not have access to the internet but still wants to attend, then please let Laura Robertson, Publicity Officer know on 01296 382587.
We look forward to seeing you in June.

Conference programme
9:30-10:15 Registration and Coffee
10:15-10:30 Welcome to UCL, Andrew Flinn and CADG today and tomorrow Vic Gray, Chair of the Community Archive Development Group
10:30-11:00 Keynote address and questions
Gerry Slater, former Director, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
11:00-11:30 Working with record offices: The Northamptonshire Black History Project
1. Jenny Moran, Public Services Manager, Northamptonshire Record Office
2. Nicola Taylor, Director, Northamptonshire Black History Association
11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-12.15 Working with museums: The Heritage Cubes project
1. Helen Barker, Community Access Team, Beamish Museum
2. Speaker from a participating group
12.15-12:45 Working with libraries: The Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network
1. Matthew Hall and Gilly Vose, Community Archives Officers, Cambridgeshire County Council
2. Speaker from a local group
12:45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14:30 Working with a national organisation: The National Monuments Record
1. Jane Golding, National Monuments Record
2. Speaker from Rodbourne or Marsh History Group
14.30-15.0 Going it alone: Speaker to be announced
15.00-15.15 Tea
15.15-16:15
Question session with Panel: “What makes a partnership tick”
Panel of speakers and invitees
16:15 End

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