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Archives 2.0 Conference

In 2014, our international conference on the acquisition and management of visual archives explored the theme of ‘saving the past, anticipating the future’.


Monday 24 November

 17.30–19.30: Preliminary session

  • Pre-digital archives: discovering a lost past, Dimitra Gkitska, MFA in Curating student, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Conservation of media art, institutions and practices in museums in the digital age, Laura Plana Gracia, lecturer, researcher and curator, University of Sunderland
  • Archival knowledge and the documents of dance, Laura Griffiths, AHRC CDA candidate, University of Leeds

Tuesday 25 November

09.00: Registration and refreshments

09.45: Welcome, Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director

09.50: Introduction, Paul Goodman, Head of Collections Projects

10.00: Keynote speaker: Dr Katharine Martinez, Director, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

10.30–12.20: Session 1: Photography archives—case studies

  • The nature of the archive, Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian
  • Photographers’ archives, their legacy, and the role of universities, Val Millington, Photographers’ Archives and Legacy Project
  • The Daniel Meadows archive at the Library of Birmingham, Pete James, Head of Photographs, Birmingham City Council
  • Surviving tsunami: a project in Japan to salvage and digitize extremely damaged photographic archives, Keishi Mitsui, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
  • Panel discussion (Chair: Anne McNeil, Director, Impressions Gallery)

12.00–13.00: Project showcase and panel discussion

  • Photography as markers for navigating memories of the recent past, Grete Dalum-Tilds, Associate Lecturer, University of Northampton
  • Archives as praxis—artplayer and the capturing and sharing of culture through communities of interest, Roger McKinley, Research and Innovation Manager, FACT, Liverpool
  • Multisensory archives of spaces, Tom Jackson, Research Associate, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Keynote speaker: Jessica S McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

14.30–15.50: Session 2: Private and public archive ownership

  • The John Wall archive of the Directory of British Photographic Collections, 1972, Professor Val Williams, Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts, London
  • Private passions, public pleasures: the life of Edward Linley Sambourne Daniel Robbins, Curator, Leighton House Museum, London
  • The Arthur Ransome archive at the University of Leeds, Simon Popple, Deputy Head of the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds
  • Panel discussion (Chair: Colin Harding (Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology)

15.50: Afternoon refreshments

16.10–17.00: Session 3: Making the invisible visible—activating archives, institutions and platforms

  • Sunil Manghani, University of Southampton
  • Kristoffer Gansing, Artistic Director, transmediale, Berlin
  • Marq Smith, Founding Editor of the Journal of Visual Culture and Director of Doctoral Studies at the Royal College of Art
  • John Stack, Head of Digital, Tate
  • Christina Duffy, Imaging Scientist, British Library
  • Chair: Professor Ryan Bishop, Professor of Global Arts and Politics, University of Southampton

17.00–17.15: Summary and closing remarks, Paul Goodman, Head of Collections Projects

19.00–21.00: Delegates’ dinner and private viewing of Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction

Wednesday 26 November

08.50: Early morning refreshments

09.20: Keynote speaker: Dr Ulrich Pohlmann, Curator of Photography, Münchner Stadtmuseum

09.50–11.15: Session 3: Community engagement

  • Remembrance and (re)membering: contrasting perspectives on the Sunbeam Photographic Collection, Karen Sheperdson, Principal Lecturer in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of South East Archive of Seaside Photography
  • From analogue collection to participatory digital archive, Susan Lambert, Head of Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth
  • The Pararchive Project, Fiona Philip (Lecturer, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds), Daniel Mutibwa (Researcher, Pararchive Project) and Dr Alison Hess (Associate Curator of Research and Public History, Science Museum
  • Panel discussion (Chair: Simon Popple, Deputy Head, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds)

11.15: Mid-morning refreshments

11.30–13.00: Session 4a (held parallel with 4b): Film and digital archives and archival practice

  • Deep film access: the archiving of film-making expertise and collaborative endeavour, Dr Sarah Atkinson, Principal Lecturer in Film and Media and Assistant Head of School for Digital Transformations, University of Brighton
  • Dealing with hybrid heritage: curation, curatorship, stewardship and cultural management, Luca Antoniazzi, Researcher, Institute of Communications, University of Leeds
  • Turning a national archive digital by degrees, Helen Edmunds (Collections Manager, BFI National Archive) and Charles Fairall (Head of Conservation, Collections and Information, British Film Institute)
  • Searching for District 9 in the archives: an archaeology of a film transmedia campaign, Kim Walden, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Cultures, University of Hertfordshire
  • Panel discussion (Chair: Giorgia Aiello, Lecturer, International Communications, Institute of Communications, University of Leeds)

11.30–13.00: Session 4b (held parallel with 4a): Curatorship of art and printed archives

  • Book Works archive: towards a lexicon of content, Karen Di Franco, Archivist and Programme Curator, Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Arts)
  • Digital media art and the artists’ book collections: the challenges around the acquisition of analogue/digital/mixed archives, Sarah Cook, Fellow, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee
  • The curatorial landscape of the Slade Archive Project, Liz Bruchet, Researcher, Slade Archive Project, University College London
  • The difficulties of archiving, preserving and re-exhibiting vintage video artworks, Adam Lockhart, Archivist, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee
  • Panel discussion (Chair: Greg Hobson, Curator of Photography)

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00–15.15: Session 5a (held parallel with 5b): Democratisation of archives

  • The use of new technologies for photography within the fourth archival paradigm, Gavin Maitland, freelance writer, researcher and lecturer in photography and visual culture
  • Democratising or privileging: the future of access to archives, Dr Craig Gauld, Administrator, Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee
  • The researcher as quasi-curator-archivist, Geoff Blackwell, independent researcher and council member of the Royal Photographic Society
  • Panel discussion

14.00–15.15: Session 5b (held parallel with 5a): Archive copyright

  • Copyright is changing for archives, Tim Padfield, author of Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers
  • Managing copyright in museums: some recent case studies, Dr Ellie Pridgeon, Director, Consultant Archivist Ltd
  • What’s the bigger picture? Copyright and balancing the rights of private assets and public treasures, Katrina Stokes (Donor Relations Manager, British Film Institute) and Annabelle Shaw (Head of Rights and Contracts, British Film Institute)
  • Panel discussion (Chair: Tim Padfield)

15.15: Afternoon refreshments

15.50–16.45: Session 6: The archives in the corner of the room—television and the archives

  • Archive: past, present future, Anthony Wall, Series Editor, Arena
  • Panel discussion: the BBC as community archive, Anthony Wall, Tony Ageh (Controller, BBC Archives and Digital Public Space) and Cathy Williams (Head of Collections Knowledge, The National Archives). Chair: Bill Thompson, Head of Partnership Development, BBC Archives

16.45–17.00: Summary and closing remarks, Paul Goodman, Head of Collections Projects

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