Public Engagement and Special Collections

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Public Engagement and Special Collections

Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford

4th October 2019, 10.45-16.30

Through six presentations by academics, curators and education professionals, the Association of Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections will be exploring various approaches that are being developed in order to share special collections with the general public and the challenges and benefits of such activities.

All are welcome to attend.


Registration (includes tea/coffee and lunch):

£20 AMARC members / £15 AMARC student members / £25 non-members

Summary Programme

10.45-11.15     Tea/Coffee and Registration

11.15-11.30     Welcome and Introduction


11.30-12.00     Daniel Wakelin, St Hilda’s College, Oxford:

                       Urinals and hunting traps: exhibiting the ordinary

12.00-12.30     Stewart Brookes, Lincoln College, Oxford:

                       Getting medieval on social media

12.30-13.00     Raluca Radulescu, Bangor University

                       Bringing Arthurian legends into the classroom: rare Arthurian books and scholarly expertise in the primary and secondary curricula


13.00-13.45     Lunch

13.45-14.15     AGM


14.15-14.45     Maddy Slaven, Head of Exhibitions and Public Engagement, Bodleian Libraries, and Rosie Sharkey, Education Officer, Bodleian Libraries:

                       Public engagement at the Bodleian: changes and challenges

14.45-15.15     Tuija Ainonen, Merton College / Bodleian Libraries:

                       Public engagement, web resources and social media: the Polonsky Foundation England and France Project at the British Library

15.15-15.45     Mary Wellesley, British Library:

                       Public engagement through adult learning


15.45-16.00     Concluding remarks

16.00-16.30     Tea/Coffee

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