Archival Matters

(Title changed in the suspicion that people misunderstand the use here of 'Archives')

Over forty years an archivist, at the India Office Records, 1973-1979, and the Wellcome Library, 1979-2015. Plus extensive experience doing my own historical research in other archives.
The Wellcome Library Blog, on which I occasionally posted on professional matters,

Gender and Archives
a rather longer version of my presentation at the Genders and Archives workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 21 January 2005

Some favourite archives and resources

My own publications on archives
Descriptive and empirical, rather than theoretical...



A useful page from the site of the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick: Things You Need to Know about Archives


Archive Awareness

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)

Archives & Records Association: formed 1 June 2010 with the amalgamation of the Society of Archives with National Council on Archives and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government

H-Info: H-Net list for the history of libraries, archives, document-based cultural repositories, and other information institutions

The Centre for the Historical Record, a new initiative at Kingston University
'promotes collaborative research, knowledge exchange and discussion between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public'

ICARUS: International Centre for Archives and Records Management Research and User Studies

The Endangered Archives Programme:
'Unless action is taken now, much of mankindís documentary heritage may vanish - discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery.'

Investigating the Archive
'This project is designed to examine the role and nature of archives and the debates surrounding their selection, application and interpretation. These debates emphasise the centrality of the archive to life and culture. The project provides space to reflect on archives by taking an interdisciplinary approach to their construction, mobilisation and deployment.'

International Council on Archives

Feminist Libraries & Archives Network


Archives and Society: seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research London

Religious Archives Group Conference: Women in Religious Archives
Friday 5th May at the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy in Bermondsey, London.

Future Past: researching archives in the digital age
18 May 2017, Senate House, University of London

Sources and the History of Women Religious, Medieval to Modern: Archival-Oral-Visual-Material-Digital
8-9 June 2017, University College Dublin, Ireland

Paper Trails
Workshop, 19th-21st June 2017, University College London

Womenís History in the Digital World
Maynooth University, Ireland, 6-7 July 2017

Literary Archives in the Digital Age
7-8 July 2017, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Challenge the Past. Set the Agenda
Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland. Annual Conference
30 Aug - 1 Sept 2017, Manchester, UK

Dusting Off the Archives
9th Sesquiannual University of Tulsa English Graduate Student Conference
19-21 October 2017, Tulsa, Oklahoma

From Dust to Dawn: Archival Studies After the Archival Turn
Uppsala University, November 15-17, 2017

Convention and Revolution: Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods
29th November to 1st December 2017, Warsaw, Poland

London Metropolitan Archives 15th LGBTQ History and Archives Conference: Talking Back!
2 December 2017, London Metropolitan Archives


Future of the Archive in the Digital Age

Dead Media Project:
a virtual archive/museum of obsolete methods of recording, storing and disseminating information, from chips on bone to superceded computer chips.

The Internet Archive
'a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.... free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public'

UK Web Archiving Consortium:
'a consortium of six leading UK institutions is working collaboratively on a project to develop a test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites.'


The Fictional World of Archives, Art Galleries and Museums


COLLECTIONS: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals. From the Practical to the Philosophical


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Last Updated 26 April 2017 by Lesley Hall