Registration is now open for the eighth DCDC Conference: DCDC21, which is being held virtually from 28 June – 02 July 2021

You can register for the conference on the DCDC website. We are still finalising some sessions so keep checking back on the website as we continue to add to the DCDC21 programme.

DCDC stands for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities, a cross-sectoral conference, hosted by The National Archives, RLUK and Jisc, that brings together the GLAMA sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia) to shine a light on our shared experiences, innovations, interests and concerns.

DCDC21 will bring together delegates from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors, to hear from over 85 speakers from more than 50 organisations, from the UK, Ireland, Europe, and beyond.

DCDC21 will explore how crisis can act as a catalyst for change within libraries, archives, museums, and cultural organisations. It will explore the impact that crisis can have on working practices, collections, and audience engagement, and how periods of turbulence can lead to new opportunities for research and collaboration. It will seek to examine how cultural heritage organisations can look beyond times of crisis and foster innovation and collaboration in their institutions and communities.

Register for the DCDC21 Conference

DCDC21 keynotes

Lisa Conte
Lisa ConteHead of Conservation, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Melanie Keen
Melanie KeenDirector, Wellcome Collection
Nicola Laurent
Nicola LaurentPresident, Australian Society of Archivists
Zak Mensah
Zak MensahCo-CEO, Birmingham Museums Trust
John Orna-Ornstein
John Orna-OrnsteinDirector of Culture and Engagement, National Trust
Olivette Otele
Olivette OteleProfessor of History of Slavery and Memory of Enslavement,University of Bristol

Who should attend?

Our ethos is open, inclusive and collaborative, and each year we are proud to bring together an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the GLAM and research sectors, from across the UK, Europe, and further afield.

DCDC welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, career stages, and sectors, and we keep our fees low to ensure that we are accessible to colleagues from smaller organisations, and also emerging professionals, early-career researchers and professionals, and postgraduates.

What are the conference fees?

We are offering low conference fees for the full five-day conference of an early bird rate of £45 +VAT , and thereafter £60 +VAT. Find out more about the DCDC21 fees.

DCDC21 Bursary scheme  

Open, inclusive and collaborative in its ethos, the DCDC Conference brings together an unparalleled variety of experiences. Equality, diversity and inclusion have been prominent themes in recent conferences, and we wish to ensure that these values remain at the core of DCDC, and that we continue to include the widest range of voices, experiences and backgrounds in our discussions.

We are pleased to be providing bursary places for DCDC21. We will announce further details for bursaries on the DCDC website in due course, so please keep checking on there or sign up to the DCDC mailing list for the latest news.