Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: January 2017


Charlie Higson’s script

This month saw the first post of the ‘Unboxed’ blogging project. Our thanks to student volunteer Andrew for his contribution. Chance Meetings: Roald Dahl, Monica Dickens and Charles Pick.

Induction of students to the project is continuing and professional blog training workshops have been arranged for later this semester.

Preparation is under way for the use of selected items from the Kenney Papers (suffragette archive) in a digital humanities practical assignment (Digital Media Theory and Practice).

Television scripts and sketches from Charlie Higson’s Archive have been used in a media studies lecture to support discussions on the meaning of culture and the forms of culture which may not get collected and preserved.


Alvar Aalto outside Palmio Sanatorium, Finland (completed 1933). Pritchard Papers, University of East Anglia

An Art History student from Scotland visited to consult the Pritchard Papers, in particular the papers on Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. And a screenwriter is currently researching the personal lives of Molly and Jack Pritchard.

Enquiries have been received for letters to John Whitehorn written by Doris Lessing; and for letters to or from Sylvia Plath. Although we don’t hold letters from Plath we were encouraged to find related correspondence between Ted Hughes’s sister (Olwyn Hughes) and Doris Lessing.

The Zuckerman Archive has attracted television producers researching WWII bombing raids in Hull. Further enquiries have related to the British Bombing Survey Unit, and ballistics.

On a lighter note, Roger Deakin’s walk through the ancient forests of Poland is being looked at more closely by a researcher there. More can be read about his journey from Ukraine and through Poland in his book Wildwood.

Closer to home, Alan Hunter’s series of novels on Inspector George Gently has been the focus of a piece written on literature and historic houses. Hunter used Holkham Hall in Norfolk as the basis for the setting of his novel Landed Gently (1957).


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