Productions and Publications
• Front Row Late, BBC2, 11 January 2019. Mary Beard and guests discuss the posthumous reputations of writers and artists. The programme included Beard’s visit to Doris Lessing’s archive.
• Tate Etc Spring issue includes material from the Pritchard Papers and features the contributions of the Pritchards towards Walter Gropius’s success in England. Gropius founded the Bauhaus School of Design in 1919.
• Permission has been requested to use a photo of the Pritchard family in a television series which premiered on 30 January. Phil Spencer’s History of Britain in 100 Homes (channel More4) will include the Isokon building (Lawn Road Flats) in episode 6. Molly and Jack Pritchard were the visionaries, owners and residents of the modernist flats built in 1934 in Hampstead, London.
• The Suffragette Stories exhibition (curated by Broadland High Ormiston Academy) is on display on Floor 02 of UEA Library.
• A three year extension has been granted for the loan of G.S. Callendar’s notebooks to the Science Museum for their permanent ‘Atmosphere Gallery’.
AMA (Art, Media and American Studies) PGT Cultural Heritage and Digital Archiving module, 22 January
The focus of the module for that week was ‘collection management’ and as well as a general introduction to the archive, the session focussed on the innovative collection management strategy for the British Archive for Contemporary Writing. The session also profiled forthcoming hands on sessions on digitisation, using the Humanities Media Suite, and the use of digital exhibition software. These will be led by the Archivist and CHASE funded PGR student placement, Annie Kelly, who worked as Digitisation Assistant on the HLF funded Suffragette Stories project. 18 attendees.
LDC (Literature, Drama and Creative Writing) UG Feminist Theatre, 22 January
Session drawing on our suffragette and feminist theatre collections, exploring feminist historiography and how writers can engage creatively and critically with Archives to consider and challenge underrepresentation. 18 attendees.
LDC UG Reading Texts, 23 January
Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. Including letters which offer insight into the book’s innovative structure & relationships with fictionalised friends & lovers. 12 attendees.
Doris Lessing Archive
• A visiting PG student has been reading correspondence between Lessing and prominent female authors.
• We’ve been looking for a letter which a member of the public wrote to Lessing in 1991 concerning the epigraph she used in Under My Skin but so far the letter hasn’t turned up.
A Californian publisher has requested permission to use Callendar’s portrait photograph in a textbook on energy.
In response to the Telegraph article which highlighted the tree-clippings found in the Archives, some further fascinating information on the suffragette’s arboretum in Batheaston has come to our attention.
Dr Cynthia Hammond from Canada contacted us. She has published Architects, Angels, Activist and the City of Bath, 1765-1965 (2012) and an exhibition catalogue Suffragettes in Bath: Activism in an Edwardian Arboretum (2011).
Fiona Sinclair, Project Officer for Suffragette Stories commented: “Although I have looked at many images of the wood, your work really helped me to see it and understand the space.”
Malcolm Bradbury Archive
An MA student in Modern and Contemporary Writing has consulted biographical papers relating to Bradbury.
Visiting researchers are examining the detail of the legal battle which took place between furniture makers Jack Pritchard and Alvar Aalto regarding the design of the Long Chair.
Roger Deakin Archive
An LDC PGT student is using some of the dozens of notebooks which formed the basis of Deakin’s published nature writing.
A history lecturer from an English university has requested a recording of Lord Blake’s lecture delivered at UEA in 1997 (Launcelot Fleming lecture). The lecture focuses on historians as interpreters of contemporary history. He cites three great problems for Britain: Northern Ireland, the Welfare State and ‘Europe’.
Unboxed (Archive blog)
Volunteer student bloggers have started researching the collections ahead of the blog writing workshops which will be held in the Archives in February.
• A professor from an American university has made an initial enquiry on papers relating to the British Bombing Survey Unit and the bombing of Japan and the Pacific islands. He is keen to visit the Archives later in the year.
• An LDC PGT student has accessed the collection of 2,000 children’s essays describing their experiences of the blitz in Hull.
There were 16 requests.
Additional group bookings included:
• ’Books as material objects’ – a session for LDC literature students.
• ‘Visualising History’ module – an introduction to using microfilm.