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Events During Covid-19:

While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice. 

Over the spring and summer we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events, seminars, conferences and archive tours in partnership with museums, galleries, archives and private collections across the UK to share best practice, knowledge and skills, and to encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone many of these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.

If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.


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Photographic Collections Networking Event

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

Photographic Collections Networking Event

Wednesday, October 28th, 14:00 – 15:00
Free, donations gratefully received

About this event:
This is an opportunity for you to share what's happening in the sector for you/your organisation and talk to PCN, sector colleagues and peers about any projects, ideas, collaborations, problems etc. or just have a chat and a coffee (bring your own!) 

This will be a structured networking event to discuss any projects or problems that would benefit from the hive mind and connect you to your sector peers. Things you might want to discuss could be: planned projects, archive/care questions, problems for discussion, positive news stories, opportunities, or maybe you want to showcase a project you’ve been working on, or something you've been inspired by. You can propose these before the event by emailing or you can share on the day. 

This event will also be a chance to talk to PCN tell us about what we can facilitate for you, share with us your current experience of the sector and let us shape our future programme to your needs. We’re planning our upcoming programme and we want to know what you need: Is it more collections events? networking? 1-2-1 advice? We’d love to hear your suggestions - we want to support you, tell us how.

Event details:

This event will be on Zoom in the meeting format, you will receive an automated email confirmation email after booking, a personal reminder the day before, and an email with the event link once booking closes on the day of the event.

You do not need a web cam to join in but it would be useful.

If you would like to propose a topics before the event or have questions about the event you can email us on 

You need to be registered (free) or member (paid) to book this even, use this link if you are not already registered:

Planning and Managing Digitisation Projects

Photograph by Paul Herrmann; PCN archive visit to Historic England, 2018

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30

Managing Digitisation Projects

Wednesday, November 4th, 14:00 – 15:30
Free, donations gratefully received

About the online talk:
How do you go about planning, fundraising and managing a digitisation project? Many of us will be looking at collections we work with or own, and wondering how we can digitise these and make them more accessible to colleagues, the sector and the public. With so many people engaging with heritage and the arts online, now is a great time for archives, museums and private collections to digitise and share content.
This online talk will feature a series short talks followed by Q&A from speakers who have worked on digitisation projects and will discuss a range of topics covering planning, fundraising, scanning, cataloguing, working with third parties and volunteers.

Speakers include:
Abby Matthews - Archive and Family History Centre Manager, Sutton Cultural Services.
Abby managed the Past On Glass project which digitised over 10,000 glass plate negatives in house, these images are now accessible on Flickr. The project included public engagement, conference, publication and more. Abby will discuss how this digitisation project was managed, the highs and lows, and a reflection of what was learned.

Debbie Cooper - Manager for PCN, Producer for FORMAT Festival, Artist and Photographer.
Debbie has written funding bids for multiple arts and heritage projects including digitisation projects and has over a decade experience in fundraising and project management. As an artist, Debbie has also managed and delivered public engagement projects with photographic collections, archives and museums.

Julia Parks - Heritage Project Manager at Signal Film and Media.
Julia Project Manages the Seeing the North with Sankey project which aims to digitise, catalogue, rehouse and celebrate the Sankey Family Photography Collection. The collection was produced in Barrow-in-Furness and wider cumbria between 1900 and 1965 and includes postcards, 9000 glass plate negative and 22 photo albums. Julia will talk about the development of the project initially, securing funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and how we have adapted to online working since the project began in January 2020.

Casper Smithson - Townsweb Archiving
Townsweb Archiving has worked on multiple digitisation projects with museums, archives and collections both public and private. Casper will be sharing his top tips on planning and managing a digitisation project, as well as some of the common mistakes. Casper will also be sharing information about the Townsweb Digitisation Grant and offering advice for those who want to apply.

Who is this event aimed at?
Anyone working with collections or archives, you might be in the early stages of planning a collections digitisation project, well underway or maybe you've completed a project and have some knowledge to share.  These projects could be at any scale from an individual archive, personal collection to large museum or library. 

It would be really useful to our speakers if you could share any specific questions before the event you can email those to please quote 'Planning and Mangaing Digitisation Projects' in the subject field. You will also be able to ask questions during the event.

After booking you will get an automed email confirmation, a personal reminder the day before, and an attedee link to the event 2-3 hours before start (when booking closes). We have a limited capacity of 100, if the event is full you will be added to the waiting list. If you have any questions about attending you can contact us on

You need to be registered (free) or member (paid) to book this even, use this link if you are not already registered:

This is event free but we ask that you donate if you are able, you can do this whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work.


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