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DATS 2019 Conference

Thursday May 16 - Friday May 17


The theme for the Dress and Textile Specialists Conference is

Redressing Diversity:

Making hidden histories visible


The event will be kindly hosted by Norfolk Museums Service on Thursday 16 – Friday 18 May 2019.


DATS invites submissions for the two-day conference for papers which explores how dress and textiles can be used to make hidden histories more visible and accessible within museums.


Museums are increasingly looking to diversify their collections, audiences and outputs. What part can dress and textile collections play in trying to represent BME, Deaf, disabled, LGBTQIA+ and other hidden histories? How do curators, co-curators and community collaborators discover stories within existing collections or under-take new collecting?


Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. Museum professionals, conservators, students, academics with an interest in the subject are warmly invited to submit a proposal. We welcome both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation.


Please mention any access requirements for your presentation in your proposal.


Please note that to keep costs to a minimum for all delegates to DATS conferences we are unable to offer discounts to speakers on conference fees or expenses.



Individual papers should last 20 minutes (c. 2,400 words). Individuals should submit

(1) paper title,

(2) abstract (up to 300 words),

(3) biography (c. 100 – 150 words),

(4) postal address, email, contact telephone number and affiliation (if any), and

(5) audio-visual requirements.


To submit a proposal please send details to conference@dressandtextilespecialists.org.uk


Deadline for submission is 31 January 2019.



Thursday May 16
Friday May 17


Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Hill
Norwich, NR1 3JU United Kingdom
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