Bruynzeel Storage Systems is proud to announce it will once again be offering a bursary for a new or emerging practitioner to attend the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference, which this year takes place in Liverpool from 7-9 September.

Entitled ‘A Rich Tapestry: Diverse Collections and Audiences’, the RBSCG Conference 2016 will be split into three strands covering diversity of collections, audiences and the professional makeup of the sector. Speakers include Catherine O’Donnell (People’s History Museum); Wendy Kirk (Glasgow Women’s Library); Yvonne Morris (CILIP); and Tracy-Ann Smith (Diversity in Heritage Group). Over three days there will be visits to notable Liverpool institutions, including a wine reception at the Victoria Gallery and Museum (pictured) and a conference dinner at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

“The Rare Books and Special Collections Conference offers a perfect environment for new and emerging practitioners to deepen and widen their understanding of their chosen profession,” said Archie Waterston, Bruynzeel UK’s managing director. “Bruynzeel is proud to be able to continue its support by sponsoring a bursary place again this year.”

Last year’s bursary awardee, Joanna Baines, said: “RBSCG 15 was the best conference I have ever attended. The topics were interesting and wide-ranging and have benefited both my work and studies immeasurably.” Since attending last year’s conference, Joanna has secured a new job as Senior Library Assistant with the Special Collections team at the University of Kent.

Bursaries cover attendance fees, accommodation and travel.

For more details and how to apply, download the Bursary information document from the Rare Books and Special Collections section of the CILIP website

Applications for the bursaries are open until 11 July.