Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC)

Join us at DCDC23, as we return in person at Durham University and online.

This year’s conference will run from 11-13 July 2023. Find out more about the conference and register to attend via the following link: About DCDC23

Come along to reconnect with peers, share stories, celebrate past successes, discuss future opportunities, and explore our History Day exhibition, all live in Durham for the first time in two years.

DCDC23 offers an opportunity to explore the new ways of working within the GLAMA (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Academia) sector and is an invitation to collectively imagine the sector’s new hybrid material futures, as well as the future of DCDC as a vehicle for collaboration, creativity and community.

Organised jointly by The British Library, The National Archives and Jisc, we invite you to come together as part of the DCDC community to discuss the challenges of navigating the interplay between the physical and the virtual, the ‘materiality’ of physical collections and digital interventions.

The pandemic has allowed a radical reimagining of how we work in the GLAMA sector. The way we collaborate, and engage with our communities, as well as the skills and tools we use which have all changed substantially.

DCDC23 will delve into this and more and offers an opportunity for individuals or groups at all stages of their careers to contribute to the discussion.

In-person attendees can experience our diverse and targeted programme live in Durham, with many opportunities for face-to-face networking and exclusive access to our History Day exhibition and drinks reception.

Online attendees will be able to enjoy a wide variety of sessions via the DCDC23 EventsAir online platform. Included in our online option will be the opportunity to use online meeting rooms, participate in sessions via a discussion forum and Q&A section, and communicate with other event attendees on the DCDC23 event chat.

Keep an eye on the DCDC23 website as we announce our keynote speakers and conference programme: DCDC23 speakers | Jisc

Who should attend?

  • Archivists
  • Librarians
  • Higher education (HE) professionals
  • Postgraduate students
  • Cultural heritage professionals and practitioners
  • Early career researchers, practitioners, and professionals
  • Digital practitioners
  • Digital and cultural consultants

We welcome archives, libraries, special collections, museums, galleries, heritage organisations, academics, independent research organisations, charitable and community organisations, and research support and impact professionals to attend the event.


DCDC22 showcased how digital innovation is transforming the cultural heritage and academic sectors and their relationship with their audiences. From individual projects to national programmes, for organisations and groups large and small, we examined the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies and collaboration can offer.

Videos of the presentations from DCDC22 are available on the DCDC website.


The DCDC21 conference explored how crisis can act as a catalyst for change within libraries, archives, museums and cultural organisations. It looked at 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 also examined how cultural heritage organisations can look beyond times of crisis and foster innovation and collaboration in their institutions and communities.

Videos of the presentations from DCDC21 are available on the DCDC website.