Exploring the Archives: a monthly update #7: November 2016

The Archives’ engagement with students continued throughout the autumn wi167th over 25 students visiting to learn more about our ‘Unboxed’ blogging opportunities and we had a few early starters submit their first drafts.

Teaching continued with an LDC (Literature, Drama and Creative Writing) PGT module ‘Fiction after Modernism’. The writing of Muriel Spark, Iris Murdoch and Doris Lessing were explored.


A 6th Form College member of staff visited the Archives as well as other parts of the Library to explore ways in which we could engage with their students. One example of this is another local 6th Form College who visits us each year to consult books from our Special Collections relating to Kett’s Rebellion (a Norfolk rebellion of 1549).

Doris Lessing Archive

  • A student has been consulting Lessing’s love letters to John Whitehorn as well as correspondence with the author Harry Ritchie.
  • There has been an enquiry from a Professor of History at the University of California – on correspondence and comments relating to Idries Shah (Sufi teacher).

Hill Papers

John Hill, politician, used to own Blyford Estate, a large agricultural estate in Suffolk. An owner of one of the farms has visited and we have been able to provide copies of historical documents and photographs relating to his property.

Pritchard Papers

  • A researcher has been looking at artists and writers of the 1930s.
  • A 4th year Art History student from St Andrew’s has enquired about correspondence between Alvar Aalto (Finnish architect) and Jack Pritchard; and the influence of Molly Pritchard on Lawn Road Flats.
  • We have learnt that one of our copyright holders of photographs in this collection has passed away at the age of 104 (photographer Wolfgang Suschitzky – he held the copyright for his sister’s photos, Edith Tudor-Hart).

UEA Collection

A number of students uea-pho-20-32-jpghave been consulting a publication on the natural history of UEA. The campus is roughly 130 hectares, includes wild and open spaces and a landscape which is integral to the showcasing of the ‘ziggurats’ student accommodation, designed by Denys Lasdun.

Special Collections

There were 21 enquiries.


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