Information for Participants

The Future of Documents Project: documenting performance

Monday 31st October 2016

Northampton Suite, at City, University of London

This one day interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together scholars, researchers, artists and practitioners from the disciplines of library & information science and theatre & performance, to share and consider respective conceptual views of documents, and the processes and procedures associated with documentation. The day will focus on the descripton, recording, archiving and preservation of performance, including: dance, music, theatre, performance and performance art.

The aim is to provide a forum for the initiation of a conversation to raise awareness of how the question of what is a document, and the theory and practice of collecting, indexing, preserving and accessing the records of performance, are understood, explored and developed by different, previously unconnected, disciplines.

Organisers: Lyn Robinson & Joseph Dunne



Hashtag: #docperform

Timings: Registration from 10.30, Main Sessions 11.00 – 17.00, Drinks Reception 17.00-18.00

Venue: Northampton Suite, University Building, City, University of London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

The entrance you will need to use on the day is Entrance B on the map below. From the entrance take the lift up to level 4. The Northampton Suite is on the right.


Getting there

Visit City University London’s website to get directions for travel.

By tube:

The nearest tube stations are Angel and Old Street on the Northern Line.

Check the TfL website for planned closures:

By train:

The nearest train station is Kings Cross St Pancras

By bus:

The 153, 4 and 56 buses stop nearby.

By cycle:

Visit the City University London’s website for advice on where to park your bike.

If you are using Boris Bikes, the nearest parking station is by the university entrance on Goswell Road. Please visit the website for further details on the nearest parking stations.


A light vegetarian buffet/sandwich lunch will be available. Tea, coffee and cold beverages will also be available during registration.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact one of the organising team.


There will be a drinks reception at 17.00, after the event, sponsored by #citylis and Midsea Books.

Information for speakers

Where possible, please send presentations to by 17:00 on Thursday 27th October. We will have access to the internet, should you wish to show films, or slides from the cloud.

Please keep to time during your presentation: 15 mins per presentation, plus 5 mins for questions.

Safer spaces

The event will adhere to a safer spaces policy based on tha that used by OK Café. This encourages participants to treat one another, and the space, with respect.  You can view the OK Café policy here:


There is disabled access throughout the building, and toilets are available just outside the suite. There is also a refuge point nearby. Fire exits and other important information will be introduced on the day.

We should have guest wifi access during the event. A password will be available on the day.


If you have any questions, please contact one of the organisers:

Lyn Robinson

Joseph Dunne

Ludi Price