Terrific three days at the History, Cinema, Digital Archives Conference at ANU curated by Jill Matthews. Great to engage with researchers and professional in an area very close to (well, overlapping really) my own. Unlike the first time I spoke to staff at the National Film and Sound Archive in 2012 a genuine interest in working with theatre video and a visionary CEO in Michael Loebenstein. For me the best papers were by Deb Verhoeven (Deakin) and Robert Allen (Uni of North Carolina) and fascinating to hear from Thomas Christensen about the work at the Danish Film Institute. Great to meet Meg Labrum from the NFSA and Amanda Trevisanut from Uni of Melbourne.
Got some good responses to my point about digital archives providing a way of exploring the meaning of the archive contents to the broader community, increasing base of users for archive and increasing metadata that both allows new areas of research and provides an argument for new funding.