Exploring the Archives: a monthly update #4: August 2016

Film crew in Archives

The Admissions Director for Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) visited the Archives to map out material and scenes for inclusion in a film for undergraduate recruitment and admissions. Filming took place the following week and drew on the rich literary collections of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW), the annual UEA literary festivals and nature writing.

Another film which was made in the Archives earlier this year – An introduction to the BACW, can be accessed from the Archives home page.

‘Home of literary treasures’

The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) featured the Archives on 23 August 2016.

What links Babe the pig, Peter Pan, wild swimming, stolen taxidermy and love letters written by a Nobel Prize winner?

Read the full article here.

Alan Hunter Archive

A listing of this collection is now available, together with a blog post with some of the highlights.

We are also preparing for an exhibition. The opening of which will be part of Noirwich: The Crime Writing Festival. Ticket holders for Charlie Higson and Ian Rankin will see the exhibition on 16 September. It then moves to UEA Library.

Doris Lessing Archive

We’ve been able to help clarify birth dates of Lessing’s children and assist with some of the addresses she lived at in Salisbury, Rhodesia in the 1940s.

J. D. Salinger – Hartog Letters

A postgraduate English Literature student from University College London has visited to read the Salinger letters. These letters are only accessible to Archive visitors and may not be copied.

Pritchard Papers

PP.  After a couple of visits to the Archives we had a further request from an MA student from St Andrew’s University on papers relating to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (designer) and the history of the Isokon Furniture Company. This is for research on émigrés and cross-cultural exchange.

2.  A lecturer with the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) has made initial enquiries on how to obtain images for her presentation to mature students.



PP. copyright Clifford Stelfox

Land for the Manchester flats which included Lymdale House. Photo: Clifford Stelfox

3.  A postgraduate student of architectural history from the University of Oxford visited to read papers relating to Wells Coates (architect) and Isokon’s scheme for a block of flats in West Didsbury, Manchester in the 1930s. The flats were never built, however all planning aspects and feasibility studies are covered in the papers.

4.  The Victoria and Albert Museum are preparing to send through their final request for drawings for display in an exhibition. Drawings are of an Estonian furniture company’s plywood profiles from the 1930s.

Roger Deakin Archive

19 August marked the 10th anniversary of Roger Deakin’s death. Caught by the River have been capturing some of the inspiration and memories which Deakin has left us.

Archives staff attended an art exhibition entitled ‘Place’, at the Black Barn in Cockley Cley. Amongst other artists of the Norfolk landscape, were photographs by Justin Partyka. The photos feature the grounds of Deakin’s former home at Walnut Tree Farm in Mellis. Enquiries have been made as to the films Deakin produced, these are held at the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA).

UEA Collection

1.  We received a group of sprightly alumni who began their studies at UEA some fifty years ago in 1966. There was much laughter and recollection particularly as they looked through the press cuttings albums from the 1960s.


UEA Chaplaincy, now the Multifaith Centre (architects Feilden & Mawson, 1971). Copyright UEA

2.  The Vice-Chancellor’s Office has asked for details of the 1970 UEA Chaplaincy Appeal, building plans and architectural briefs.

3.  Files were found in the UEA Collection to support a query from Blickling Hall (National Trust) relating to book loans to UEA Library from the 1960s.

W.G. Sebald

Publishers in Germany have requested permission to publish an image of Sebald.

Special Collections

There were 13 enquiries.


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