Teaching sessions held in the Archives
• The Grass is Singing: an LDC session on Doris Lessing’s first published work. This drew on material from Lessing’s archive including letters she wrote to friends at the time she was writing the book in the 1940s, and correspondence written much later which provides a more reflective interpretation. (LDC = Literature, Drama and Creative Writing).
• MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction). This visit enabled students to review manuscripts and correspondence from their predecessors on the MA, including: Tash Aw, Naomi Alderman, Richard Beard and Andrew Cowan. MA Creative Writing dissertations from Anne Enright, John Boyne and Tracy Chevalier were also on display.
An introductory session to launch UEA’s joining of the Digital Preservation Coalition was held on 14 December. We were joined by Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride (by video-link to Glasgow).
Inaugural meeting of EasternARC
Representatives from UEA, the University of Essex and the University of Kent met in London on 19 December. The initial plan is to map collections under shared themes and think about joint initiatives. the Group will meet a few times a year to discuss potential projects and also create a Website.
A visiting academic from China in LDC is looking at Cowan’s novel manuscripts.
• A student has accessed Lessing’s 1940s love letters to John Whitehorn.
• A PhD student doing a creative/critical course of study in biography has accessed papers on Lessing’s biography of her parents Alfred and Emily.
• See also ‘Teaching session in the Archives’.
Kenney Papers (Suffragettes)
Students continue to visit, to explore in particular the Kenney Papers (suffragettes), as they prepare to write blogs and digitise selected items.
• A researcher has been reading correspondence pertaining to the Advisory Council for Scientific Policy (ACSP).
• An enquiry from France has focussed on the history of cell biology and the correspondence of Dr Peter Leslie Krohn (Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Birmingham).
• There have been 10 enquiries relating to a collection of 2,000 school children’s essays on their experiences in WWII air-raids.
There were 12 requests.