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AIO is a day long knowledge sharing event about DIY cultures (we define DIY as grassroots and political cultures/practices – examples include grassroots spaces; music and zine making; blogging; podcasting; housing co-ops; activism etc) and archives, information and/or heritage. Examples include collections in libraries and museums (for example, the Riot Grrrl Collection by Fales Library) zine fair organisers working with museums and heritage organisations (North West Zine Fest and the People’s History Museum; Weirdo Zine Fest and the National Trust and Science Gallery London), and the setting up of physical and digital archives or libraries like the Manchester Digital Music Archive, Queer Zine Library, and Queer Zine Archive Project.

The event will be informal and we would like it to be different to academic conferences. You are very welcome to come along if you are involved in DIY cultures (maybe as a zine maker, organiser or musician), if you work or volunteer in an archive/library/museum of any type, or if you do research (in a university or in any other way). We would like the day to help people in each of these spaces to talk to each other, share/listen to experiences and information, and make connections that can support each other in our roles as organisers, creative people, researchers or workers in information roles.

Registration is available through this form. You can register for free tickets if you are not supported by your workplace, university or other organisation to attend, if you are on low/no income and/or if you are active in DIY cultures. If you work/study and your workplace or school/college/university will pay for your expenses, register for a standard price ticket. It’s up to you to choose which is most appropriate for you to buy, we won’t be checking up on the day at all.

There is a pot of money available for travel/accommodation/childcare bursaries (£2,500 in total for people running activities and/or attending)! If you are applying for this, make sure you register for a free ticket and fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/MwBQQ9Vr1aRYHxNA9

On the day there will be (vegan/gluten free) food and drink provided for lunch and snacks!

Information about DIY Space for London’s accessibility can be found here: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/access/.

This event is funded by the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies at UCL and the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.

Do you have questions about Recording it Ourselves: DIY cultures, archives, information and heritage? Contact Kirsty Fife


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