This month should have seen me visiting the UK and Ireland for events co-organised with colleagues from Birmingham City University. Circumstances meant I had to stay in Australia but the events went on in my absence. Accounts of both events have been helpfully blogged by Jez Collins.
The first event was a panel co-organised with Jez Collins for the conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK-Ireland Branch which was held in Cork, Ireland, from 12-14 September. The panel, titled "Investigating Popular Music Archives", also featured Andy Linehan, curator of popular music at the British Library Sound Archive. Jez's blog post includes an audio recording of the paper Jez and I co-wrote called "Sustaining popular music's material culture".
The second event was held at Birmingham City University and was one cooked up with Professor Paul Long and Jez Collins on a visit to Birmingham earlier this year. Called "The Sounds of History? Preserving Popular Music Heritage" this was an informal round table held on 15th September which brought together academics and practitioners. Jez's blog post on the event includes a review of the event by Kingsley Harris, founder of the East Anglian Music Archive.