The Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector are responsible for maintaining and preserving the culture heritage of our society. Yet, in communities across the country, funded and voluntary groups are faced with finding solutions to help digitise cultural and heritage collections and make them accessible online whilst coping with increasing limited resources.

Although new to Drupal, and not professional developers, Alison and Ian, as consultants, have successfully leveraged their professional skills from the corporate and community sectors, in order to advise upon and build suitable media solutions for a variety of projects, groups and organisations.

They believe that insufficient work is being done to address the needs of GLAM groups in the community who assume that other software, such as Wordpress or Wix, will serve their needs. Drupal, as an open-source CMS, obviously has the potential to play a key role in providing a better, more robust and flexible solutions for the GLAM sector.

Using their own case studies of projects in England and Scotland, in particular, the British Entertainment History Project (, as well as the experiences of the audience, this session aims to explore the uses of Drupal in GLAM projects and the opportunity to develop a more coherent, co-ordinated, and collaborative approach from developers in the Drupal community.


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Alick Mighall at 10:04 on 1 Jul 2017

It's great to get talks like this at a CXO day - to hear views on what representatives of a sector feel they need from open source and why. I liked the way Alison and Ian had identified how FOSS and how, given limited budget, they'd done a great job in building something very lean. Alison clearly had grasped at a level of detail what she'd built and why - and it's great to see end users/client have this understanding of Drupal at a product level.

Really interesting to see a different take on Drupal from two people who aren't used to using it all of the time. Speaking to Alison and Ian afterwards, I could see echoes of a normal client relationship - one saying "let's just try this!" and the other groaning and holding their head in their hands - but at a much lower level than we're used to. A very interesting perspective and some very good sites.