The National Archives launches Archives Inspire at DCDC

Archives Inspire 2015-19, The National Archives’ new four-year strategy, was officially launched by its chief executive and keeper, Jeff James, at the Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (#DCDC15) conference this week.

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Jeff James speaking at DCDC

The conference, organised by The National Archives and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), was held at The Lowry in Salford Quays between Monday 12 October and Wednesday 14 October with a theme of ‘exploring new digital destinations for heritage and academia.’

More than 450 delegates from around 300 organisations spanning the academic, heritage and wider cultural sectors attended the conference and took part in discussion panels and workshops.

Keynote speakers included Simon Chaplin of the Wellcome Trust, Simon Tanner from King’s College London, Lucy Burgess of the University of Oxford, and The National Archives’ interim director of Research and Collections, Val Johnson.

In welcoming delegates to DCDC, Jeff said: ‘The last two decades have witnessed a flourishing of digital content across the heritage and academic sectors.

‘Our audiences have gone from being consumers of heritage content to active creators and curators, helping us to contextualise and interpret our rich and diverse collections.

‘The development of digital technologies has presented new opportunities for collaboration not only between our institutions, academics and sectors, but also new ways of collaborating with our users.’

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