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Hear more about our plans for the 70th anniversary festival, what to expect, the different opportunities to take part.


26 April 2017

Hear more about our plans for the 70th anniversary festival, what to expect, the different opportunities to take part.

There’s been a lot of activity going on around the festival in the last few months and we thought we would take a moment to step back and reply to some of the questions that have been coming up around the event.

Interested in attending and coming from abroad? 

We are excited about this being an international event and are looking forward to welcoming colleagues from all over the world. The first draft schedule will be available from mid-June. There will be a variety of events every day across a number of venues in Central London. You will be able to dip in and out of activities and move between venues to suit your interest. You may want to organise your own networking events.

Are there any other opportunities to contribute beyond submitting a proposal?

Yes, many. Firstly it is important to say that all contributors, speakers, facilitators will need participants.

Your festival experience might involve all, some or one of the above.

At a later stage we will be looking for volunteers to help with stewarding, to support delivery of the events, and to facilitate Social Dreaming matrices so please let us know if you are interested in any of these roles.

How will I book my place on the festival programme?

Once the Call for Contributions closes we will start planning the festival programme. Events will take place across all four days in the Swiss Church, Wellcome Library and further venues to be announced. There will be a symposium on Thursday 19th October held at the Conway Hall.

All events will be open to the public, some you will be able to turn up on the day, and others you will need to book tickets for. All tickets are complimentary, but spaces might be limited for some.

The festival will have its own website (online from late June) which will be an extension of the archive blog.

We will publish the programme on the festival website (anticipated mid June); we will also publish communications there during the programme and afterwards there will be access to recordings, the festival evaluation, some after words.

Want to know more about the archive?

The archive will be the heart of the festival, there will be an exhibition of artefacts from the archive alongside archive related events and tours at the Wellcome Library. The catalogue is available for research at Wellcome Library.

Please let us know if there is anything that we haven’t covered in the above that you would like to know at this stage in the planning to archive@tavinstitute.org

The festival will take place from Tuesday 17th October to Friday 20th October 2017.

Download the festival flyer

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our partners in this work: Canterbury Christ Church University Business School and the Wellcome Library. We are also grateful for the generous sponsorship of SAGE and a contribution to the festival from the legacy of Group Relations in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1965, SAGE Publishing is an independent company that disseminates journals, books, and library products for the educational, scholarly, and professional markets.

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