Call for Proposals A Future for the Past, Preserving our Animation Heritage

The call for proposals has officially closed. We do still accept proposals in the following categories: (1) conservation and restoration and (2) techniques, materials and materiality.

As part of an ongoing effort to preserve and promote animation heritage Materials in Motion will hold its second meeting in Manchester, UK for a two day event at Waterside in Sale. The event will consist of workshops, a tour of the Cosgrove Hall Film Archive, demonstrations and presentations.

The animation materials that shape our lives, entertaining and informing millions of all ages are under threat from the ravages of time. To counteract this, “A Future for the Past, Preserving our Animation Heritage” welcomes experts, enthusiasts, conservators and creators to explore the film cels, puppets, sketches, scripts and other materials as well as the techniques and strategies we now need to preserve animation production ephemera for generations to come.

This interdisciplinary event welcomes heritage professionals, practitioners, students, enthusiasts, academics and collection custodians with collections large and small to exchange knowledge, experiences and ways of practice dedicated to the protection of our animation heritage.

We invite abstracts/presentations/case studies in areas such as:

  • Materials and materiality
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Animation archiving, databases, systems and management
  • Data, metadata and application
  • Personal collections
  • Using a collection in practice
  • Creating a collection
  • Using a collection in research or education
  • The working animation archive, experiences and advice
  • Technological approaches and applications
  • Authorship and paratextual findings
  • Exhibition and curation
  • History, culture and heritage through archives
  • The future of animation collections

Suggested abstracts are also welcomed.

Talks will be 15 minutes long and delivered in English.

Please e-mail abstracts of 350 words maximum (excluding title) to the conference review committee

Abstracts should include your name, affiliation (institution or place of work), e-mail address, and the title of your proposal as well as a short biography (max 300 words). Please also send a second, anonymized version of the abstract for peer review as a separate document.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 24:00h . Authors of accepted proposals will be notified before the end of July.

Full event details such as ticketing will be revealed soon. Stay up to date with the event by visiting this website.

The event is delivered by Steve Henderson, Mette Peters and Aafke Weller. For further information please contact

Further websites
Cosgrove Hall Films Archive
Manchester Animation Festival

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