Digital Cultural Content Forum 2005

The Mill and Old Swan Conference Centre, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire

11-13 February 2005


Introduction | Programme | Booking Form | Speakers' Details


The Digital Cultural Content Forum (DCCF) is an international annual gathering of key stakeholders in the digitisation and delivery of our global cultural assets. The focus of the meeting is exploring how public institutions who steward cultural content, the agencies responsible for public policy and organizations in the public broadcast sectors can collaborate to deliver services to public audiences.

Organized by UKOLN on behalf of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council of the UK (MLA), the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and the US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the meeting will be held at the Mill & Old Swan conference facility outside Oxford, England.


The Mill and Old Swan conference centre is situated in the picturesque village of Minster Lovell which is 25 minutes drive from Oxford. The centre is also only 90 minutes from London and within easy reach of the M40.

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The site offers two distinct buildings - The Mill Conference Centre and The Old Swan, a 600-year old Inn. The site is set in 60 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside beside the banks of the River Windrush. It offers modern training facilities set in intimate surroundings and provides an excellent networking and creative environment. The venue is near many wonderful attractions in the Cotswolds, one of which is Minster Lovell Hall

All delegates will be staying at the venue in double or twin-bedded rooms and breakfast, lunch and Friday night dinner will be taken in the restaurant.

For further information on the venue including details of facilities please visit the venue website


Coach transport will be arranged from The Ashmolean Museum in Central Oxford to the Mill and Old Swan at 6.15pm on Friday 11th February. All delegates are welcome to take this coach.

There will also be organised return transport into Oxford for the official dinner on Saturday 12th February and also a single journey to Oxford after lunch on Sunday 13th February.

For those who prefer to make their own travel arrangements, the following may be useful:

By Road

Exit the M40 at Junction 8

Follow the signs to A40 towards Cheltenham. After approximately 14 miles take the sliproad signposted to "Carteton, Minster Lovell". Turn right at the junction and travel through Minster Lovell. Turn right at the T-junction and immediately left down the valley. Turn left over the stone bridge and The Mill and Old Swan reception is on your left.

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By Taxi

A taxi from Oxford to the Mill and Old Swan will cost £35 and from Heathrow £80. All costs are approximate. If you are going to arrive early and travel straight to the venue they will be able to arrange for a taxi to pick you up. This will need to be done directly with the venue at least a day before you travel.

By Train

The nearest train station is Oxford. Oxford is approximately 20 minutes from The Mill and Old Swan. Taxis are available at the station.

By Air

There are very good, regular bus links from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to the City of Oxford itself.

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Delegates have been asked to pay for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses. The costs for accommodation are as follows:

(As this is a closed meeting, accompanying persons unfortunately cannot be included in the sessions or the official dinner on Saturday 11th Feb. Dinner on the Friday will be open at a cost of (£25) for accompanying persons. For further information please contact Natasha Bishop. Details below)

If delegates wish to book extra nights,other than the Friday and Saturday, it is advised that they book directly with the venue. The bed and breakfast rate is £65 per room per night. Tel: +44 (0) 1993 799255. For further information, or for any questions referring to accommodation, please contact Natasha Bishop. Details below.

Social events

Friday 11th February

Delegates are invited to visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Entry to the the museum is free. At 5.00pm the museum will close and delegates are to assemble in the Museum Cafe for a drinks reception at 5.15pm. The coach will pick delegates up from St Giles St (next to the Museum) and transport them to the Mill and Old Swan where dinner will be served at 8.00pm.

Saturday 12th February

The official Forum drinks reception and dinner will take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Drinks will be served in the Main Court at 7.15pm and a seated dinner will be served on the Upper Gallery at 7.45pm. Once the dinner has ended, delegates will be free to enjoy a drink or two in one of Oxford's many bars and pubs. A coach will drop delegates at the Museum and will pick up delegates at 11.00pm from the centre of Oxford.

Sunday 13th February

Although there is no official closing reception delegates are invited to join together for lunch at the Mill and Old Swan before departure.

Further information

For any further information please contact Natasha Bishop at UKOLN.

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386256
Fax: +44 (0) 1225 386838

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Content by: Shirley Keane of UKOLN.
Page last revised on: 26-Jan-2005
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