Are we what we keep? Workshop coming up!

liz gloynThe project team are really looking forward to our workshop, Are We What We Keep, which will take place on Friday 16th October! The workshop is designed to bring together academics working on questions of archival history with practitioners, such as archivists and librarians, to talk through the issues that our research has turned up since the project began and bring together people with a shared interest in family history. We’re lucky enough to be hosted at the National Archives at Kew, so we’re looking forward to a fascinating day in wonderful surroundings.

We’re particularly excited to unveil the first results coming out of the three focus groups that we have held as part of the project with the help of our partners Sampad, Your Back Yard and Barnsley Museums. It’s going to be great to share the themes that we’ve seen emerging from those fascinating conversations and to see how they interact with the experiences of people working with this material in a professional capacity. We’ve also got some fantastic guest speakers who have insights to offer us on topics ranging as widely as Stratford Road in Birmingham to home movies.

I’ll be doing my best to livetweet the workshop – if you’d like to follow along, keep an eye on the #famarchive hashtag. (If you’re registered onto the workshop, you can tweet using the hashtag too!)

The programme of the workshop is below the jump – watch this space for a proper write-up soon.

ARE WE WHAT WE KEEP? The Family Archive Project – Workshop Programme
 

10:15        Refreshments and registration. 

10:45        SESSION 1: FAMILIES AND ARCHIVES

Welcome and introduction

Seeking identities, memories and stories in the family archive – Vicky Crewe and Anna Woodham (The Family Archive Project Team, Cardiff University and King’s College London)

The National Archives: records and research – Mark Pearsall (The National Archives)

Questions and discussion

12:00        SESSION 2: SPOTLIGHTS ON CURRENT WORK

Short presentations from delegates

12:30        Lunch

13:15        SESSION 3: FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

The My Route project: community memory and the urban landscape of Stratford Road Birmingham – Katy Wade (Sampad)

Seacroft Stories – Vanessa Manby (LS14 Trust)

What’s in the box? The unofficial family archive of a city – Ross Horsley(Leeds Local and Family History Library)

Questions and discussion

14:15        SESSION 4: GROUP DISCUSSION

14:45        Coffee and tea

15:10        SESSION 5: ARCHIVES IN DIFFERENT MEDIA

Telling your story: YARN and community storytelling – Simon Popple (University of Leeds)

Not again! Boredom, home movies, and the archives – Christine Grandy (University of Lincoln)

Questions and discussion

16:00        SUMMING UP

16:15        Workshop close

 

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