RLUK will be stepping down as a partner of the Discovering Collections: Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference series as it enters a new era with the British Library joining The National Archives and Jisc as a formal partner.

The DCDC series is one of the largest cross cultural sector conferences in the UK and sees archivists, librarians, heritage professionals, and academics exploring ways of enhancing cross-sector collaboration between professional communities during a time of great change. This exciting new partnership positions the series to expand its reach as it goes forward into its second decade.

Although RLUK will step back from the formal partnership in order to focus on other priorities following the launch of our new strategy earlier this year, we will continue to give our support and advice to the partnership informally.

Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections for the National Archives said,

‘We want to thank RLUK for everything they have done to build DCDC since the first conference back in 2013: building the DCDC reputation and brand, navigating successfully through the huge challenges posed by COVID and setting us on such a positive course even as they step back. The DCDC principles of collaboration and inclusion, breaking new ground and sharing best practice will continue strongly.’

David Prosser, Executive Director, RLUK said,

‘It has been a privilege to nurture the DCDC conference series to its current status and we are proud of our association with it. We look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength with its new leading partners and we wish them every success.’

Attracting more than 400 delegates each year, individual DCDC conferences bring together speakers and delegates from across the UK, Europe, and internationally, to explore a range of issues, from the impact of collections to digital transformation.

Dates and formats for the next in the series will be announced by the partners in due course. If you have any enquiries regarding DCDC, please contact: research@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

Read The National Archives press release