Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: September 2018


• Heritage Open Days

Muriel Spark Lit Fes showing (02) 080918On 8 September, the Forum in Norwich kindly provided their Auditorium free of charge for the rescreening of Muriel Spark’s appearance at the Arthur Miller Centre Autumn Literary Festival in 2001. It’s Spark’s centenary year and a good opportunity to highlight the archive. The event was introduced by Dr Nonia Williams of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC), who spoke of her research with the correspondence between Spark and Doris Lessing and responded to questions from the audience. [33 attendees]

Suffragette workshop at Forum 150918On 15 September, Justine Mann led a workshop for the public, ‘Suffragette Stories: Transcribing History’ which highlighted the UEA’s suffragette archives, the Kenney Papers, and the Heritage Lottery Funded project the archive is currently engaged in. Audience members were encouraged to transcribe original Christabel Pankhurst letters and write short stories inspired by the archive. [22 attendees]

• UEA Open Day, 8 September

Applicants and their parents took the opportunity to browse the literary archive collections and our suffragette archives and find out more about opportunities for UEA students to become involved in the collections. A demonstration of archive digitisation also took place in the Media Suite, provided by Chase PGR student placement, Annie Kelly, who currently works as a Digitisation Assistant on the Suffragette Stories project. [38 visitors to the Archive]

• Born Digital Archives

Justine Mann attended a meeting in Oxford with the British Library and various HEIs to discuss potential research projects examining the future of the literary archive.


• MA Research Seminar (Crime Writing) 12 Sep 2018
Year two students were given a preview of material from the Lee Child Exhibition including correspondence between Child and his literary agent and editor. [12 attendees]

• Literature, Drama & Creative Writing (LDC) PGT Induction
Students from all PGT programmes were invited to browse the varied collections and consider how the material might contribute to their studies and future research projects. [32 attendees]

• Reading the 18th C novel with intro to Archives & the BACW
Students were introduced to relevant Special Collections’ texts [11 attendees]

Kenney Papers (suffragettes)

Saddleworth Museum has requested images for a presentation relating to Annie Kenney.

Lee Child Archive

DSCF3632Selections from this collection were on display in the Enterprise Centre for NOIRwich Crime Writing Festival on 14 September, this then moved to the Library foyer (until 11 October). Requests to view the archive are being received from the public however the archive is not yet catalogued and therefore unavailable to individual researchers.

UEA Collection

UEA staff are researching the history of the Faith Centre (former Chaplaincy).

Special Collections

There were 7 requests plus a group booking.