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The Future of Women’s Pasts

Posted on 27 July 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, […]

Ways of remembering: dying and the family archive

Posted on 9 May 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 […]

Pieces of Paper

Posted on 9 March 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 […]

Family archives and the Romans

Posted on 11 February 2015 by lizgloyn

One of the really exciting things about this project is the wide time span that we cover between us. I'm the one who goes furthest back to the past - […]

So what is a ‘family archive’?

Posted on 6 February 2015 by Vicky Crewe

By Laura King, Co-Investigator, University of Leeds   Is it objects, documents or memories? For some wealthier and/or aristocratic families - such as the Devonshires, owners of the grand Chatsworth […]

And… we’re off!

Posted on 23 January 2015 by annawoodham

By Anna Woodham, Co-Investigator, University of Birmingham This Tuesday saw the first meeting of the project team and the Advisory Board to formally kick-start the Family Archive research project. We […]

Family Heirlooms in the Past

Posted on 12 January 2015 by Vicky Crewe

By Vicky Crewe, Principal Investigator, Cardiff University     Objects can carry powerful meanings, not least when they’re transformed from ordinary ‘things’ into family heirlooms. People often hold onto family […]

The Birth of a Blog

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Vicky Crewe

Welcome to the very first blog post from The Family Archive Project. Over the next year or so this project is going to explore what sort of things go into […]