Preserving the past for the future

11.40 – Wednesday 4th July

Heritage collections, wellbeing and digital technologies

Using case studies, Nick will explore the value of heritage collections in libraries and archives across all sectors, and the growing link with promoting wellbeing and other values to society. The introduction of new digital technology to support innovative interventions will be addressed.

Dr Nick Barratt, Director, Senate House Library

Nick is an author, broadcaster and historian, and Director of Senate House Library, University of London. Although his academic background is medieval state finance, he is an honorary associate professor of public history at the University of Nottingham, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group.

UK Blue Shield: the Hague Convention and identifying Cultural Property Protection 

Blue Shield UK forms one of the many national NGO’s under Blue Shield International, created out of and underpinned by the Hague Convention of 1954.  This presentation will outline the role UK Blue Shield has working with Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Monuments and Sites to promote resilience and recovery of cultural property during times of natural disaster and conflict.

Suzanna Joy, Trustee, UK Blue Shield

With over 20 years experience, Suzanna is a cultural heritage consultant with a background in field survey and mapping. Before moving to the UK, Suzanna was employed as a cultural heritage consultant in Australia. She was responsible for undertaking site assessments through field survey work, community engagement with Indigenous Traditional Owners, and providing input to rural and urban redevelopments with a focus on cultural heritage values. In 2011 Suzanna worked with an expert team of disaster consultants in Christchurch, NZ, advising on the cultural heritage aspects related to recovery and rebuilding of the city and was subsequently involved in a city reconstruction project for Christchurch.

She works for Ove Arup & Partners International in their London office and leads the Arup Cultural Heritage team. She is a Trustee of UK Blue Shield and an active member of the British Army Reserves, with the Honorable Artillery Company, working in Cultural Property Protection.

Heritage made digital: transforming access to the British Library’s collections

The British Library’s partnership with the Qatar National Library and Qatar Foundation is transforming access to the library’s collections on Gulf History and Arabic Science. The Qatar Digital Library ( is a bilingual, free to use resource which makes available over million images of archives, manuscripts, photographs, maps and sound recordings from the British Library collections.

Richard Davies, Head of British Library, Qatar Foundation Partnership, British Library

Richard has worked for the British Library for the last 10 years leading on digitisation activities across a wide variety of projects and collection areas. As Head of the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership, Richard manages the strategic direction of the partnership and team of 50 staff. The partnership will make 2½ million images of the library’s archives and manuscripts freely available online via a bilingual English and Arabic website.

Chair: Dr Danielle Westerhof, Rare Books Librarian, Durham University, and Freelance Historic Libraries Consultant

Dr Danielle Westerhof is a rare books librarian and freelance historic libraries consultant, currently working on a one-year project at Palace Green Library, Durham University, to promote and enhance access to the Bamburgh Library collection. She sits as a consultant on the project board for the Library at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, advising on library management practices. She has also been part of various library projects involving public engagement, cataloguing, research and conservation at National Trust houses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A medievalist by training, over the years Danielle has developed a professional interest in eighteenth and nineteenth-century libraries in country houses. @behindthespines