Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology…In Manchester!

  • 16th October 2015

On 13th October WAAS Manager Victoria Bryant and User Services Manager Lisa Snook travelled to The Lowry in Salford Quays to attend the Discovering Communities Discovering Collections conference 2015.  In fact, they didn’t just attend – Lisa gave a paper on a project that we have been working on over the summer to learn more about how to engage more young people (aged 13-19) with archives, with an emphasis on using Social Media.

Victoria outside The Lowry, Salford Quays

WAAS has a proud tradition of delivering papers at this conference, with Oliver Russell giving a paper at the very first conference in Birmingham in 2013 and Gillian Roberts last year.  The paper was well received and extensively Tweeted (#DCDC2015) during the day.

Throughout the day we discussed the digital developments of The National Archives, Wellcome Library and other archives, libraries and museums around the country; how services are using Digital Volunteers to develop indexes and information online; how to (and how not to!) run a digital project; and new developments in terms of digital collections at The National Archives. The presentations provided plenty of information, discussion and ideas. In addition, Lisa had an exciting 5 minutes of being interviewed and filmed as a ‘Talking Head’ for use in promoting the conference. 

Lisa being a Talking Head!

The day was long, useful, interesting and thought provoking.  We have returned with plenty of thoughts and ideas for digital development in Worcestershire; so watch this space!

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