Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: May 2018

Suffragettes Heritage Project

Stanislava Dikova and Annie Kelly (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) placements) started on 8 May. They have been working to a tight deadline, selecting, describing and digitising materials from the suffragette archive (Kenney Papers) for a creative writing workshop and other community engagement workshops taking place within Norfolk Library service, as well as digitising materials which are soon to be loaned for an exhibition in Oldham.


Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd …) held two scriptwriting seminars on 18 May – ‘Creating Ideas’ and ‘Writing Comedy’. These were held in the Enterprise Centre and hosted by the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) & Dr Brett Mills (Art, Media & American Studies). 25 students attended.

‘Genuine & hilarious screenwriter imparting knowledge & experience.’
‘Brilliant insights into the industry, charismatic delivery.’
‘Excellent mix of self-reference and contemporary examples from elsewhere.’


The Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG) Eastern visited on 22 May for a general introduction to the BACW.

Doris Lessing Archive

A visiting postgraduate student researching ‘Gender, Culture and Social Change in the Fiction of Margaret Drabble’ has visited to read the correspondence between Lessing and her friend Drabble. Listing of this correspondence.

Kenney Papers (suffragettes)

KP-JK-Russian Diary CoverNorwich based ‘Art at Work’ visited our suffragette archives as part of an art and wellbeing community project funded for Suffragette 100 celebrations. They had the opportunity to see a display of archive material and were especially drawn to the 1917 Russian diary. This documents a three-month government sponsored trip made by Jessie Kenney and Emmeline Pankhurst as part of an effort to gain the support of Russian women in the war. The unpublished manuscript was prepared under the title The Price of Liberty.

Naomi Alderman Archive

MA students of Contemporary Fiction are visiting individually to study the first draft of The Power, winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Pritchard Papers

PP. writer has visited over two days to work on the finalisation of a publication on Lawn Road Flats, the modernist building designed by Wells Coates and opened in 1934.

UEA Collection

  • Architectural consultants have visited to research some of UEA’s iconic buildings. They are assisting Estates in developing a buildings conservation strategy.
  • We have been trying to find a 1973 article which apparently appeared in the UEA student magazine Twice on dyeing the fountain in the Square pink. Whilst we have found a news cutting on the adding of soap powder, we have yet to find the ‘pink’ article.

Zuckerman Archive

A UEA academic is consulting bombing survey reports and papers on the WWII bombing of Pantelleria and mainland Italy. The island was invaded by Allied forces on 11 June 1943 under the code name of Operation Corkscrew.

Special Collections

There were 20 enquiries; and a visit from a MA Art History class studying the works of Peter Henry Emerson – Wild life on a tidal water: the adventures of a houseboat and her crew (1890); and Marsh leaves from the Norfolk broad-land (1898).


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