Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2013
Birnam Arts and Conference Centre
Saturday 9th November 2013
Call for Speakers, Displays and Contributions
Following the success of last year’s event, Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference will be returning to Birnam this November. Once again, it will be organised by a partnership of several organisations: RCAHMS, Archaeology Scotland, Northlight Heritage, Historic Scotland, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, The SCAPE Trust and the National Trust for Scotland. As before, the conference will be a one day event, but there will also be optional visits to local sites on the Sunday (November 10th).
The conference will be broadly similar to last year - a mix of formal presentations in the main hall, coupled with a series of smaller workshops and discussions on selected themes, with space available for displays. The emphasis, as always, will be on showcasing contributions from volunteers and community groups, and on providing a forum for networking and the exchange of news and ideas. This year, however, we will be introducing minor alterations to the format to give more time for workshops and discussions, with improved display space and the introduction of ‘poster sessions’ of very short presentations given to small groups of delegates gathered round displays.
We would be delighted to hear from you if
a) You can offer a short talk/powerpoint presentation (around 20 minutes) to the conference on archaeological or other heritage projects involving your local community;
b) You have an idea for a workshop or discussion and would be willing to help lead a session (typically 45 minutes);
c) You would like space for a display showcasing your local community heritage project. We can supply tables, but we would prefer if you can bring your own display boards (though we may be able to help – ask us);
d) You are willing to offer a brief (5 minute) talk to a small group of delegates gathered round your display, and field questions about it;
e) You have other ideas for improving the conference. We received useful feedback from delegates at last year’s conference, but feel free to offer us any additional thoughts.
Please send us your ideas before the end of April, after which we will begin finalising the timetable.
Communities Liaison Manager