Northern Collaboration Learning Exchange 10:30 am - 3:30 pm on 16/04/2015

Members of the Northern Collaboration can book by contacting



10.30 Arrival, coffee, welcome

11.00 – 12.00 Session 1: Heritage Quay: what will you discover?
Sarah Wickham, Lindsay Ince, Robert Clegg & David Smith, University of Huddersfield

Two years into a 5-year HLF/University funded project, what is the Heritage Quay team discovering about connecting customers of all kinds with the unique and rich collections accumulated over the last 175 years?

12.00-12.30 Session 2: Architectural archives – new models of outreach
Claire Weatherall, Project Archivist and Hannah Rice, Transforming Archives trainee, University of Hull

As part of a project, funded by a national cataloguing award, working on the papers of architects Francis Johnson and partners some family events using Lego were held in August 2014.
This case study will reflect on what happened next and how it ‘spawned’ an additional project using the popular game Minecraft to reach new audiences in a collaborative and innovative way.

12.30-13.15 Networking lunch

13.15-14.00 Session 3: Thriving in Turbulent Times
Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian, University of Bradford.

This case study considers how small special collections services in higher education can demonstrate their value and make the most of their resources.   We’ll cover Bradford’s innovative collection development policy aligning our unique and distinctive collections with corporate mission, some very quick and dirty ways to tackle hidden collections, and how archive accreditation helps make the case for better spaces.

14.00-14.45 Session 4: Collaboration – in theory and in practice
Simon Wilson, acting University Archivist, Hull
The Hull History Centre opened in January 2010 and has welcomed more than 160,000 visitors through its doors. The centre has a clear brand and identity, it operates a single public service with a single online catalogue, yet behind the scenes Hull City Archives and the University of Hull Archives are separate entities with distinct priorities.
This session will explore how and why this works.

14.45-15.00 Plenary & wrap-up: to include discussion of whether there is an appetite for creating an Archives Special Interest Group within the Northern Collaboration

15.00 Close