Grace Toland will be presenting on the Irish Traditional Music Archive, which holds the largest multimedia collection in existence of materials and information about Irish traditional music. She will be highlighting projects and initiatives that they are currently undertaking to maintain, and grow their real and virtual audiences through technology, social media and partnerships. Grace was appointed Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in July 2015 and is a practising traditional singer, recorded artist, and festival organiser, as well as a qualified librarian.
Another archive that will be explored is the Hallé Archive with Eleanor Roberts. This will include an introduction to the Hallé’s history, its rich archive and how it is cared for and used for research. In particular there will be a focus on the foundation of the Orchestra in 1858 and the Hallé Concerts Society in 1899. Eleanor Roberts was appointed as the Hallé’s archivist in 2002 and from 2004 has also worked in the Development department at the Hallé, currently Deputy Director of Development, managing the Hallé’s Individual Giving schemes.