The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are delighted to announce that Wellcome Collection is the headline sponsor for DCDC18: Memory and Transformation.

The DCDC Conference will be held at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre from 19-21 November, and is a cross-sectoral event bringing together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities and collective challenges around the potential and impact of our wonderful collections.

DCDC18 will consider the interplay between memory and transformation within heritage organisations and their wider impact on the cultural landscape. We will seek to examine how, through developing new points of entry to collections, archives, libraries, museums and galleries, we can work collaboratively with each other and academic organisations to meet strategic ambitions. Further, we will explore how to meaningfully engage with different audiences and communities whose far reaching interests can often have an equally transformational impact on our own professional cultures.

Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture and Society at Wellcome Trust, and Director of Wellcome Collection said:

‘As a museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health Wellcome Collection is pleased to be able to support DCDC18. Breaking down boundaries and bringing new voices to shape our approach are things we care about deeply and DCDC will be a fantastic opportunity to share with and learn from others.’

As part of the conference programme, there will be a Wellcome Collection panel session on the afternoon of Tuesday 20 November. Artist, activist, academic and Wellcome Engagement Fellow Lois Weaver will host a long table discussion on the topic ‘Whose Memories?’, exploring questions of absence and exclusion in memory institutions.

For the full conference programme and information on registering for the event, please visit the DCDC website.