What constitutes distinctively graduate research and how might it differ from undergraduate study?
This seminar in the Archives Reading Room was attended by 12 postgraduates from the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Material from across Archives and Special Collections were used in demonstrating and drawing out the benefits as well as the unique challenges posed by primary source material and early printed works. Students had the opportunity to handle papers and in some cases listen to interviews from the archives of Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Richard Beard, Andrew Cowan, Adam Foulds, Annie Kenney, Doris Lessing, J.D. Salinger, W.G. Sebald and Snoo Wilson.
Lorna Sage Archive
A visiting researcher from Tokyo has been looking at records held in the Sage archive which relates to Angela Carter. This includes a catalogue of Carter’s private library.
• Heritage Open Day / Kenney Papers, 8 September
There were 11 attendees at this event held in the Archives Reading Room on 8 September. Guest speaker Fiona Sinclair (MA Creative Writing) spoke about her research on the Kenney Papers (suffragettes) in the Archives and how this links with the novel she is writing. There was also an introduction to the BACW (British Archive for Contemporary Writing) and visitors had a chance to see some exhibits and the stack area.
• UEA Open Day, 9 September
Parents and prospective applicants to the Faculty of Humanities attended presentations on the BACW as part of their Open Day tour. They were also provided with access to materials from the Archive and were given insight into how we use these resources within teaching.
• Exhibition: ‘Plotting the Perfect Crime’
For the second year, the BACW created a crime writing exhibition, as part of Noirwich, Crime Writing Festival organised by UEA in collaboration with The Writers’ Centre and Dead Good Books. 273 ticket holders for Martina Cole and Arne Dahl festival events on 15 September were given an exclusive preview of ‘Plotting the Perfect Crime’ exhibition in the Thomas Paine Study Centre Foyer. The exhibition, which features original archive material from Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid and Robert Edric, has now moved to the new Archive Foyer on 02 of the Library where it will be on display until Dec 22. More about the exhibition.
• I Love Arts and Humanities: Multimedia Experience, 26 & 29 September
As part of Transitions Week, this event in the HUM Media Suite on 26 September welcomed 150 people through the doors in the first 90 mins. Visitors were able to find out about the facilities in the Media Suite and talk to the BACW and the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) about volunteering opportunities. The event was repeated on 29 September.
• Arts and Humanities Opportunities Fair, 28 September
The Archives promoted ‘Unboxed’ at the fair held in the Council Chamber. This is a blogging opportunity open to student volunteers who wish to explore and highlight treasures from the Archives and have their posts published on the UEA Archives blog.
Staff from the V-C’s Office visited the Archives to learn more about the UEA Collection and see a range of materials including papers relating to the 1962 UEA Appeal Fund.
• A researcher is working on reports relating to the bombing of northern Italian ports during WWII.
• A university academic has visited to research WWII casualty surveys conducted in Birmingham and Hull and a related collection of 2,000 school children’s essays giving their account of being in an air raid.
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