Exploring the Archives: a monthly update #5: September 2016

As the new academic year got under way this month the Archives delivered its first teaching session to 14 Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) postgraduate students. They considered new approaches to working with archive materials and the possibilities for more ambitious and independent graduate research work.

General enquiries
An enquiry for information on a 12th century photo of the mantle of ‘Roger of Sicily’ has come from Berlin. The image was traced to the school of Art, Media and American Studies’ (AMA) photographic collection at the Sainsbury Centre.

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Straw sandals similar to those worn on The Long March (Anthony Grey Archive)

Anthony Grey Archive
A television reporter is making a documentary on the Long March. Anthony Grey (a hostage in Peking during the Cultural Revolution) was friends with Alfred Bosshardt, a Manchester missionary who was on the Long March in 1934/5 and it is hoped that Grey’s 1987 interview with Bosshardt could be included in the film.

Exhibition on Crime Writing
The Archives has curated an exhibition on crime writers featuring: Charlie Higson (Young Bond novels), Alan Hunter (Inspector George Gently), and Ian Rankin. The exhibition can be seen near the entrance of UEA Library (20 September – 24 November). It was initially on display at Noirwich: The Crime Writing Festival. Charlie Higson also paid a visit to the Archives to see his papers in situ and to speak at Noiwrich.

G.S. Callendar Archive
Discover Magazine (US) has submitted a request for use of a portrait photograph of Callendar, an early theorist on the link between carbon dioxide and climate change.

Kenney Papers
A historian working on the Pinner branch of the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) has been interested in the account given by suffragette Jessie Kenney of the ‘human letter’ stunt sent to 10 Downing Street in Feb 1909. The Archive holds the unpublished memoir of Jessie Kenney ‘The Flame and the Flood’.

rdarchive1Roger Deakin Archive
1. Caught by the River has published our submission about our very first glimpse of Deakin’s archive in a container in a field, together with one of our favourite pieces of writing by Deakin about the North Norfolk Coast. This is a must for anyone who has been thrilled by the wide open sandy beaches of Holkham and beyond.

2. Two students from Emmanuel College, Cambridge have been researching Deakin’s writing processes with particular focus on the manuscripts of Waterlog as well as his work and interests relating to the environment.

UEA Collection
1. Attempts have been made to assist a student in China who is trying to track case histories once held by Michael Sanderson (author of The History of the University of East Anglia). These relate to his 1966 dissertation at Cambridge on the education of labour in Lancashire, 1780-1839.

2. We have been finding out more on Peter Eden (1913-1992) who was a visiting lecturer at UEA and involved in the 1977 survey of medieval Norfolk churches. The enquiry has come from an intern at the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, Dallas, TX.

Special Collections
There were 11 enquiries.

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