Digital expertise, a diversity of communities, archives and archiving. 10 action learning projects ask how (or if) digital technology can bring communities and archives closer together, develop skills and deepen engagement with their heritage.

The first in a series of events as part of The Audience Agency’s action learning project ‘Digitally Democratising Archives’, this session focuses on the questions we have and introduces the projects. We will hear from speakers and projects about digital participation, archives and archiving, and community curatorship. They will also share what they have or are hoping to learn from these and other projects. Future events will develop the conversation and share the learnings.

As one of eight organisations awarded funding by The National Lottery Heritage Fund Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, The Audience Agency is supporting a community of ten action learning projects with project grants, mentoring, training and evaluation to develop digital skills and confidence to increase access and engagement with archives and archiving.

This event is part of The Audience Agency’s Digitally Democratising Archives project thanks to funding from DCMS and the National Lottery, as part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s, Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.


Who:

This event is open to all but we expect it’ll be of particular interest to those who:

  • Work in all aspects and at all levels in the heritage sector
  • Are interested in participatory practice which aims to increase both the breadth and depth of engagement with impactful social outcomes
  • Would like to learn more about digital inclusion.

What you will learn:

  • This is the first open event we’re hosting and we want it to start a dialogue about community curatorship and connecting more people with their heritage
  • Exploring the differences between a website/social platform and a digital archive
  • Examples of innovative practice using digital technology in the archive sector
  • An update on The Audience Agency’s Digitally Democratising Archives project.

Facilitators:

Keynote speaker: Dr Mia Ridge, the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections
A core member of the Library’s Digital Scholarship team, Mia enables innovative research based on digital collections.

Other speakers TBC – expect to hear from projects that are demonstrating resilience and creativity by going digital.

Workshop to be facilitated by The Audience Agency team.

Format:

This session takes the form of a 90-minute webinar with the opportunity to ask questions and contribute your questions.

Date: Thursday 18 November 2021, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM GMT

Cost: Free

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Access:

All events will provide Zoom automated live transcription in English. Aditional Closed Captions, BSL interpretation and other access services can be requested in the booking form and will be provided where possible. Please book as soon as possible to allow time for arrangements to be made.

Digitally Democratising Archives is supported thanks to funding from DCMS and the National Lottery, as part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s, Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.

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