Mind and Matter: Sharing and Caring for Collections and Colleagues

November 7, 2018, West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield

The Mind and Matter: Sharing and Caring for Collections and Colleagues conference will bring together historians and professionals from across the archive/heritage sector to share their experience of working with mental health and sensitive collections.

As archivists, collection managers, conservators and engagement staff we are trained to be sensitive, mindful and law-abiding when providing access to difficult and upsetting collections. We are very aware of the direct emotional impact that archival material can have on our visitors but the impact on professional staff who work with these collections can be overlooked.

This conference will explore, through showcasing a number of innovative public engagement projects, how access to mental health and other sensitive collections can be enabled in new and different ways for new audiences, but will also consider the mental health and wellbeing of staff who work with these collections to ensure their care and accessibility.

Case studies covering these themes from across the profession will be explored and include: the Norfolk Change Minds project, conservation of the Broadmoor collections, asylum photography and ethical issues surrounding the re-use of historical medical photographs, the University of Cambridge’s Darwin Correspondence Project, and more.


Who is it for?

The conference will be relevant for archivists, collection managers, conservators, archives engagement staff, and academics who are responsible for and make access available to mental health and other sensitive collections.


Is lunch provided?

Yes. Tea, coffee and lunch are included in the price of the ticket. Please contact us with any special dietary requirements so that we can cater for these appropriately.


To book

Please go to the Eventbrite page. Tickets are £30 including lunch and refreshments. The West Yorkshire History Centre is located directly next to Wakefield Kirkgate train station, and a 10-minute walk/short taxi ride from Wakefield Westgate station.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted: October 04, 2018