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RLUK Significance Workshop

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RLUK Significance Workshop

Where: Room 250, Gilbert Scott Conference Suite, University of Glasgow (directions)
When: 02 June 2017
Attendance: This meeting is open to one person per RLUK member institution

This is the third workshop in a series of five regional RLUK events which have been designed to contribute to the development of an audience focussed strategy for RLUK special collections. Focussing on the theme of Significance, it builds on the outcomes of preceding events in the series, which have explored themes around Leadership and Audiences.

Delegates and speakers will consider aspects of significance – of the collections we hold and of the contribution made by our departments and staff, both directly and indirectly, to the wider impact and value measures now forming an integral part of our institutional priorities.

The workshop will examine how we currently assess, describe and attribute significance in the context of special collections. Aided by speakers from a range of different disciplines who will talk about their particular research practice, discussions will look to identify how and where we might benefit  from considering new approaches.

The outcomes of the workshop will add to the development of a significance assessment framework to help RLUK assess the content, condition and significance of some of the hidden collections in our care.

We will hear from researchers representing different communities of practice who regularly use historic collections in their research, including Senior Lecturer, novelist and erstwhile Archaeology student Zoe Strachan; Forensic Scientist turned Art Historian Anita Quye, and Johanna Green, Lecturer in Book History and Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow.

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