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Arts in the Archives South West Regional Conference

The National Archives has recognised the unique nature of the work that has been happening at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre to engage artists and develop new creative ways of working. On the 30th of September the History Centre will host Artsists in the Archives, a regional conference to draw together best practice from across the south west and provide an opportunity for artists to learn more about what opportunities there are to explore the creative potential of archives.

The conference will include guest speakers from The National Archives and artists from across the south west describing their work. More information will be available shortly. The History Centre has been the host to a number of aritst led projects, such as the verbatim theatre project developed and delivered by Richard Conlon and is currently working with Creative Wiltshire to produce a locomotive media app to explore the Lacock estate and archive. The History Centre has also produced a ground-breaking approach to developing links with artists called Story Box, and is currently delivering a program of research days to support artists to create projects that explore materials relating to the First World War.

The conference will be an ideal opportunity to network and develop project ideas, to take part in discussion and learn more about exciting new pieces of work being developed within archives across the south west. To book a place on this free conference at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham please follow this link. For information on how to find the History Centre please follow this link.

The conference will begin with registration at 10am and opening speeches at 10:30am.

This event is one of a network of regional workshops which will be held throughout the country . If you would like to find out about plans for your area please email us at  asd@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk. Archiving the Arts is a strategy which is focused on making sure artistic records and arts archives are recognised as an important and valuable part of our cultural heritage. Find out more at – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archiving-the-arts.htm