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Unbound: exploring accessibility in book exhibitions

Online event

28 October 2021
09:30 - 16:00

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28 October 2021
09:30 - 16:00

Event type

Online event




BANG! – the CENL Books and Audiences Network Group – organises a second webinar for researchers, collection keepers, curators, designers, educators and other professionals whose daily work is related to exhibitions and public engagement with documentary heritage, mainly various types of books.




Keynote 10:30-11:00 CET

The webinar will open by a keynote conversation between Dr Diana Walters – the facilitator of the webinar, consultant and project manager in the fields of museology and cultural heritage – and Marleen Hartjes, representing the Van Abbemuseum, who has put accessibility and inclusion into the core of its mission and everyday operations.


Presentations 11:00-12:00 CET

The first part of the webinar will address different dimensions of accessibility drawing challenges and findings from recent exhibition case studies, research and policy documents.

  • A different way to think about book exhibitions, access and engagement – Susana Sanchez-Gonzalez, PhD Candidate in Museology at the University of Manchester ‘s Institute for Cultural Practices
  • British Library Exhibitions: Guidelines for Accessibility in Design – Alex Kavanagh, British Library
  • Accessibility around exhibition – Vanessa Braekeveld, KBR
  • From Page to Peak – Calum MacGillivray, National Library of Scotland
  • One Thousand Books 2021—a post-pandemic art book festival – Lodret Vandret, independent publisher

Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion between contributors and the audience.


Workshop 13:00-14:00 CET

The second part of the webinar will offer a participatory opportunity to explore and give feedback on an ongoing research project centered on the potential of digital technologies to evoke the textures and tactile qualities of manuscript materials.

  • Texture to screen and back again: Exploring the manuscript as material landscape – Armand De Filippo, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester / Xavi Aure CalvetCentre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England



Practical information

Participation is free of charge.

The number of places available: 100.

Participants will be registered on a first come, first served basis by 26 October 2021 – 12:00 PM (CET).


Register now



About the Books and Audiences Network Group (BANG!)

The network consists of libraries with permanent exhibitions dedicated to book publishing, including the National Library of Latvia, the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), the National Library of Germany (Museum of Books and Writing), the British Library, the Royal Library of the Netherlands, the National Library of Estonia, the National Library of Scotland, the independent publisher Lodret Vandret (Denmark), the University of Leicester, the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, as well as a community of practice, including book artists, librarians, archivists and heritage professionals.

The task of the “Books and Audiences” network is to provide a platform to ensure regular exchanges of experiences within the book exhibition sector, to maintain interdisciplinary exchanges, and to explore and develop the capacity of book exhibitions to form long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse breath and range of audiences.