• The Zuckerman Archive has featured in a BBC2 TV programme Blitz: the bombs that changed Britain. The second episode recalls a bomb landing on Hull and the government’s casualty survey conducted by Solly Zuckerman and his team at the Oxford Extra-Mural Unit. The programme brings to light a collection of 2,000 school essays written by 10-14 year olds in Hull in 1941/42.
Children’s essays reveal the effects of Blitz bombing in Hull (blog post)
BBC programme information.
• UEA has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition (following approval from the BACW Executive). This will have a significant impact on the BACW’s work with born digital literary archive material, as well as the management of digitised material. Link to UEA News item. A briefing for staff will be held on 14 December. To celebrate the first ever International Digital Preservation Day, we worked with a HIS student and a graduate intern in the Humanities Media Suite to begin the process of digitising Jessie Kenney’s diary of her trip to Russia in 1917 with Emmeline Pankhurst and the first half of Doris Lessing’s Whitehorn letters.
Teaching sessions in the Archives
Reading and Writing Translation. Year 2 UG
An LDC session looking at the translations of David Bellos including George Perec’s W, ou, Le Souvenir d’Enfance. The English translation W, or, The Memory of Childhood has been added to Special Collections.
“It was also helpful to look at handwritten materials as they show that translation involves serious decision-making and even professionals struggle”
“Very interesting to see the process first hand, relevant and exciting”
“It was very informative to work with archives, as I have never done so before. I enjoyed working with them in a smaller setting”
Fiction ‘after’ modernism: Re-reading the 20th Century (Literature, Drama, Creative Writing (LDC) PGT)
This session led by Tutor Nonia Williams looked at the correspondence between the writers Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Drabble and Muriel Spark. The challenges and opportunities of evaluating archival papers alongside literary texts were considered.
MA in Literary Translation (MALT)
This session looked at the translation process of translators David Bellos, Anne Born, Anthony Vivis, and correspondence of Doris Lessing with translators of her works. (Literary Translation Archive).
Humanities (HUM) Foundation year visit
This introductory visit to the Archives and the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) outlined the opportunities and achievements of the Unboxed blog writing project, our experience in working with other archives and museums and our plans for the suffragette centenary celebrations #vote100.
A Reader in Literary Studies has asked us to check the inventory of Angela Carter’s library in order to establish whether she owned a particular text. (Part of the Lorna Sage Archive).
• An enquiry relating to Grey’s book The Prime Minister was a Spy has been received. The book alleges that the former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt did not drown off the coast of Melbourne almost 50 years ago on 17 December 1967 but instead staged his own disappearance with the help of the Chinese for whom he had been spying all his political life.
• A football supporter has visited to read Grey’s papers concerning Trowse Villa Football Club. Grey played for Trowse Villa in the 1950s and early 1960s.
The Film Television & Media Studies departmental meeting was held in the Archives reading room in order to exhibit screenwriting manuscripts (from Malcolm Bradbury, Snoo Wilson and Charlie Higson) as potential teaching resources and illustrate what has been achieved in LDC and AMA (Art, Media & American Studies) teaching sessions in the Archives.
A PGR AMA student with an interest in religion and sitcoms is looking at Higson’s papers.
The Iris Murdoch Research Centre has requested and received copies of the two Murdoch letters we hold.
A researcher has visited to consult the early records of the University for a book being written on the new universities of the 1960s. The Thistlethwaite archive comprises 4 steel cabinets of the first Vice-Chancellor’s papers.
• A couple of members of the UEA Feminist Society gathered in the Archives to explore the legacy of the suffrage movement. They discussed contemporary feminism & links with past activism. A framework was drawn up for the selection of 100 things for a digitisation project and on-line exhibition showcasing the Annie and Jessie Kenney Archive.
• The Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague has identified letters from Annie Kenney to Thomas Masaryk (first President of Czechoslovakia, 1918-1935). Unfortunately we don’t hold any letters from Masaryk.
Papers of the Pelman Institute have been usefully identified for a reader in two collections: Jessie Kenney (suffragette) held exam papers and work sheets of the Institute; and Jack Pritchard (entrepreneur) had a detailed personal psychological report administered by the Institute. Pelmanism was a system of training the mind in order to improve memory.
• An overseas PhD researcher has visited. Her interests include the supernatural in twenty-first century nature writing.
• An LDC lecturer has accessed Deakin’s unpublished poetry.
• An external lecturer has visited to research Deakin’s papers with reference to the writers Ronald Blythe, Richard Mabey and Ken Worpole.
A PhD student in Literature and Philosophy has visited and listened/viewed all recordings in this collection. It took him a day and a bit to complete. A couple of recordings are in German.
• Blitz: the bombs that changed Britain. See ‘highlights’ above.
• An undergraduate from another university has visited to read papers on bomb raid shelters and morale surveys.
• A visit is being planned by a reader researching the Insurance Technical Bureau. SZ was a founder of the Bureau, its aims being to bring rigour and co-ordination to the scientific and technical advice needed by the insurance industry.
• An overseas academic has requested papers documenting the comments of senior RAF and Air Ministry staff in response to the overall British Bombing Survey Unit (BBSU) report (1945) which assessed the impact of the Allied war offensive on the German war machine, with particular reference to transport, oil and the economy. Zuckerman was Scientific Director of the unit.
There were 20 requests and two workshops.
Workshop: Robert Rauschenberg. Dante’s inferno.
Workshop: Cicero. For Residential Latin language training students. (M. Tul. Ciceronis in M. Antonius orationes quae Demosthenis in Regem Philippum Macedon e exemplo Philippici nuncupantur.) A manuscript from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps.
“I thought the session with the Latinists was fabulous – they clearly loved the chance to have a little look at the MS and to work with some of Cicero’s Latin in its shadow, as it were. They’re working with the excellent online dictionary, William Whitaker’s Words: a happy meeting of technologies old and new, perhaps. They clearly relished the chance to work in the archive and in relation to the MS.”