The Future of Women’s Pasts

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Laura King

By Laura King, University of Leeds Understanding how families keep things and document their histories is, for me, a feminist project. The Family Archive project has an important dual purpose, in this sense. Firstly, by thinking about the records, documents and objects in people’s homes, we can find out about women’s histories, which are often Read moreabout The Future of Women’s Pasts


Ways of remembering: dying and the family archive

Posted on May 9, 2015 by Laura King

By Laura King, University of Leeds Why do we try to preserve particular memories? What exactly is valuable in the process of keeping and ‘curating’ particular objects and documents that we might understand to constitute a family archive? For whose benefit is this? Some people find great pleasure in collecting particular information and items related Read moreabout Ways of remembering: dying and the family archive


Too much stuff?

Posted on April 2, 2015 by annawoodham

A few weeks ago Laura King (@DrLauraKing), one of the Family Archive project team, tweeted a link to a piece in the Guardian by Kathryn Hughes ‘Our homes are cleared but we still crave tat’ (09.03.15). According to the article, we appear to be becoming less and less sentimental about hanging on to objects, particularly Read moreabout Too much stuff?


A very modern family archive

Posted on March 26, 2015 by lizgloyn

My post this week will be last from me until September, because I’ll be on maternity leave from next Monday! This will be our first baby, and so I am making that strange change from being a part of a family to having a family of my own, from child to parent. There are all sorts Read moreabout A very modern family archive


Who or what is a curator?

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Vicky Crewe

By Vicky Crewe, Principal Investigator, Cardiff University       Curator: ‘one who has the care or charge of a person or thing’; a ‘steward’, a ‘keeper’, a ‘custodian’ Archive: ‘a place in which public records or other important historic documents are kept’; ‘a historical record or document’ As part of the Family Archive Project, we’re posing Read moreabout Who or what is a curator?


Pieces of Paper

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Laura King

By Laura King, Project Co-Investigator, University of Leeds What are the most valuable things that people keep? In my last post I talked about how the most mundane aspects of a house – such as a cupboard door – can function as a ‘family archive’. Since that time, I took part in a work shop Read moreabout Pieces of Paper