Hidden Histories 2016
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    Sherwell Centre and The House, Plymouth University

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This two day seminar explores the importance of researching diverse history locally and regionally, providing examples of good practice.

The seminar will feature presentations from funders, case studies, networking sessions and funders’ surgeries. The event has been organised by Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, (a Major Partner Museum in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter) and hosted in conjunction with Plymouth University with funding from Arts Council England.

The seminar is aimed at funders; staff from National Portfolio Organisations and Major Partner Museums as well as other arts and heritage organisations in the South West; independent researchers; academics; students and members of diverse community groups. 

The event will:

  • enable delegates to understand how and why funders value projects exploring diversity
  • bring together individual practitioners, researchers and organisations from across the cultural sector to share best practice and incubate ideas
  • enable participants to take away skills which allow them to carry out diverse histories research in new ways 
  • enable staff in heritage organisations to fully understand the need for such research, and how to carry it out in a way which is inclusive and meaningful. 

29 November (14:30-18:00), venue: Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre

Delegates will be introduced to the seminar, and the day will include presentations from funders as well as a funders' surgery. Refreshments will be provided. This will be followed by an optional meal at a local restaurant, The Mission, and then a night time LGBT tour of Plymouth.

30 November (9:30-18:00), venue: The House Stage
A range of speakers will present on diverse histories with opportunities for Q&A. There will be dance, theatre and poetry performances throughout the day. There will be an opportunity for breakout groups to discuss next steps at the end. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Two exhibitions of diverse history - Pride in Our Past and Legacies of British Slavery will be on display throughout the two days.

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