Community Archives & Heritage Group Conference 2017

Making Meaning: Community Archives and Creativity

Conference 2015 delegates
Lauren Golding
Inspiration and Overall Winner for 2016: Dartmoor Trust

A free one-day conference for all involved in community archives

The Community Archives & Heritage Group (CAHG) will be holding its national conference for and about community archives on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

Book your free place at the conference

Making Meaning: Community Archives and Creativity

The theme this year is Community Archives and Creativity, speakers include.

Key note

Artist Mohammed Ali will be speaking on how archives are essential to modern multi-cultural society to give voice to communities to explore their sense of place and identity in an increasingly polarised society. Following the death of his father, he shares how he embarked on a quest using his art to unravel important questions about the past.

Mohammed Ali has been creating art for two decades in order to deal with the issues modern-society faces . Through his cutting edge mural paintings, artistic interventions and theatrical shows, he aims to give voices to communities that are often marginalised and disconnected from mainstream society. He is an award-winning artist that has travelled the globe with his art, using it to build bridges of understanding between different communities.

Carnival Archives

Tola Dabiri  and  Charlotte Dickerson  will talk about  the Heritage Lottery funded project run by the UK Centre for Carnival Arts which is creating a digital archive of all carnival related activity that takes place in Luton, Northampton, Norfolk and Southend-on-Sea.

Arts Friendly Archives

Jefny Ashcroft, Drama Specialist, will speak on the  Arts Friendly Archives project. A series of tailor-made plays drawing on sources held in the individual archives of Wolverhampton, Dudley and Stratford upon Avon.

A full programme will be available shortly.


The day will include the presentation of the Community Archive & Heritage Awards.

Once again the standard of the entries was very high and delegates will hear short presentations from the overall winner and each of the category winners.

Over lunch there will be ample time for discussion and networking.

Who is the conference for?

The conference is aimed at anyone with an interest in community archives and heritage, from professional archivists, librarians, curators and heritage workers to small independent community groups.

Venue and timings

The conference will again be co-hosted with University College London, Department of Information Studies and is free to attend.

  • Coffee and Registration from 09.45
  • Closing 15.30
  • Refreshments and lunch provided free.

Community Archive & Heritage Group AGM

CAHG will be holding its annual general meeting during the morning session. Further information about CAHG and an online membership form can be found here

Find out more about CAHG and join us free of charge through our online membership form .

Opportunity to Publicise your Group

The conference is a marvellous opportunity to find out about the activities of the many groups who are members of CAHG. Last year our past award winners were invited to submit a poster providing information on the development of their group  since winning an award. These created a lot of interest, so for the CAHG Conference 2017, on Tuesday 11 July, the invitation to send a poster is being opened to all groups that are CAHG members. Space is limited so it will be on a first come first served basis. Information and request to submit a poster is on the conference booking form.

Posters should be A3 or A4 in size and give information about things the groups does, collects, display and current projects. Posters need to be clear to read but as simple or complex as you feel comfortable with. Homemade is fine and unless you want to there is no need for advanced graphic design. Last year there was real interest in gathering new ideas.

Any questions?

If have any queries about the conference, please contact Elaine Davis

This page was last updated on 10 July 2017.