APAC Panel at DCDC 2015

On 13 October 2015, the Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC) held a panel session at the Discovering Collections Discovering Communities 2015 Conference, at The Lowry, Salford. Picking up on the conference theme, ‘Exploring New Digital Destinations for Heritage and Academia’, APAC invited members to give presentations about interactive digital projects. APAC’s workshop session, ‘Taking the Next Step: New Developments in Performing Arts Collections’, involved four presentations. Click the links below to see three of them.

  • Arike Oke, Rambert archivist and APAC’s co-chair, gave an introduction to APAC.
  • Jo Elsworth, director of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, explained Naked Objects: Intelligent Showcases. In this REACT prototype project, Bristol and Aerian Studios have developed an interactive, ‘intelligent’ display case that combines digital technology with the original object on display.
  • Ramona Riedzewski, V&A Theatre & Performance archivist and APAC’s treasurer, discussed the association’s plans to produce an online performance database for the UK and Ireland.
  • Susan Croft of Unfinished Histories addressed the topics of gathering small-scale, scattered archives and making oral histories accessible online. The Unfinished Histories website can be viewed here: www.unfinishedhistories.com.

Organised by The National Archives and Research Libraries UK, Discovering Collections Discovering Communities is an annual, free conference that brings together academics and other researchers with archivists, curators, and collectors.