Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: March 2019


Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (001)The Archives is pleased to have been of assistance to Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund with their publication Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain. Pavilion Books. Published March 2019. The authors made countless research trips to the Archives, researching the Pritchard Papers.

Jos Smith (Director of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing) and Fiona Sinclair (UEA Archive’s Writer in Residence) were interviewed on local radio (BBC Radio Norfolk, 15 March). They talked about our local theatre collections as well as the Suffragette Stories community project and the significance of some tree-clippings (remnants of an arboretum planted by the suffragettes).


MA Publishing Module, 4 March

Students had the opportunity to look at selected correspondence between authors, their agents, editors and publishers. Some letters are tense and fractious, others are encouraging and bear good news.

For those interested in literary translation the papers of translator John Fletcher (UEA Emeritus Professor) provided insight into the translation process, the time pressures of authors and publishers and the importance of watertight contracts. Nine attendees.

“It was really interesting to look at the letters regarding the publication process.”

“It’s been relevant to the whole Creative Writing course actually!”

LDC UG Creative Writers, 5 March (pm & late pm)

These two sessions focussed on the texts of Sara Taylor (The Shore). 16 attendees.

“It was extremely helpful to see how a published writer develops their work through redrafting. I felt inspired by her methods and will use these in my own writing.”

“ … Reading other people’s comments on the draft and the editors’ notes, and seeing how the author adapted the feedback or rejected it was also interesting.”

LDC PGT Contemporary Fiction, 7 March

Naomi Alderman The Power. 13 attendees.

“The session gave me a perspective which I would not have grasped on my own.”

LDC PGT Poetics of Place, 14 March

Deakin - Treyarnon Cornwall

Roger Deakin – Treyarnon Bay Cornwall

This module led by Jos Smith looked at proposals for Mark Cocker and Roger Deakin’s books, TV and radio programmes. Also Deakin’s preliminary work for Waterlog. Seven attendees and two additional visitors.

LDC PGT Feminist Writing, 20 March

A chance to explore feminist views in the works and letters of Doris Lessing, Margaret Drabble, Muriel Spark, prominent suffragettes, and Naomi Alderman. 11 attendees.

“This is my first archive session, and I wish I had done one sooner. This really is a great resource and I will definitely aim to sit in again.”

“Some great resources that I otherwise would’ve been unaware of. Great starting points to inspire our summative projects.”

“The material is great for specific information and contextualising ideologies or societal views.”

PGT Module ‘Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age’. Two three hour module seminars led by Justine Mann (Archivist) and Annie Kelly (Digitisation Assistant) on the Suffragette Stories project, 19 and 26 March


Session one – Students worked with us in the Digitisation Suite (within UEA Media Suite) to digitise unique archive material from our suffragette archives. They worked through the process of capturing & enhancing digital surrogates in preparation for adding to the Suffragette Stories UEA digital exhibition. Nine attendees.

Session two – Students were given an overview of UEA Archives’ recent digitisation and engagement project, Suffragette Stories, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The session introduced i) key theoretical debates in the area of digitisation and public engagement and ii) the importance of metadata standards and controlled vocabulary. Students were also given a hands on introduction to our digital exhibition software, Omeka, and added their own digitised exhibits to the Suffragette Stories test site. Eleven attendees.

“Useful introduction to the Omeka site and info about metadata.”

“Great to see the lifecycle of a digitised item and to hear a critical engagement with a digitisation project.”

“Useful to have practical experience alongside the theory – learning in context!”

HUM Foundation Year – Adventures in the Archives, 26-28 March

Over a period of three days, three groups of students were introduced to the Archives for an opportunity to engage with the suffragette and WWII archives. A new discovery for most. 22 attendees.

“Very useful. I didn’t even know it existed before this week. Will use it for future research.”

“Interesting and thoroughly fascinating.”

Unboxed (blog writing)

Editorial workshop, 5 March. Five attendees.

Enquiries & Visits

• A student on the MA scriptwriting course is reading a suffragette’s diary of her 1917 trip to Russia, and Doris Lessing’s love letters of the 1940s.
• An AMA student is selecting slides on the Kalahari Bushmen, part of the UEA Collection.
• A DEV student is comparing UEA’s marketing and information literature before and after the introduction of the 2010 Equality Act.
• An overseas researcher is researching free speech at British universities, in particular the visit of politician John Carlisle to UEA in 1986.

Special Collections

There were 16 requests.


Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: February 2019

Productions and publications

The Archives is pleased to have been of assistance to Carol Talbot with her publication Working-Class Suffragette, the Life of Annie Kenney. Oldham Writers’ Café, Dec. 2018.


The loan of 14 items from our suffragette’s archive to Oldham Gallery has now been returned. They formed part of their exhibition: ‘Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War’.

Now safely back at UEA these precious pieces are on display in a case within our Reading Room. Included are photographs, badges, passports dated 1915 and 1916, and an autograph album containing messages and signatures of prominent suffragettes from 1906-1913.

Our Suffragette Stories exhibition, curated by Broadland Academy students, continues in the Archive Foyer on Floor 02 of the Library.


MA in Scriptwriting, 8 February

In this introduction to the Archives the group discovered how archives can inspire, inform and be invaluable source material for scriptwriting.

I found something really good and inspiring!

Fantastic and surprising resource for us.

I was just a bit overwhelmed but this is my first time in an archive.

A hugely inspiring session. I hadn’t ever thought about using the archive but found it to be a thrilling prospect, and an idea I want to develop.

12 attendees.

Writing the Wild, 12 February

IMG_0386LDC students followed the writing process of Mark Cocker and Roger Deakin, from field notebooks to fully fledged manuscripts. Documenting as they go, these writers’ journeys become a means to explore, observe, encounter and appreciate.

LDC UG Creative Writers, 14 & 15 February

These two sessions focussed on the texts of Sara Taylor (The Shore).
21 attendees.

Unboxed (blog writing)

IMG_0410Our blogging volunteers are dipping into the far reaches of our collections. They’ve each attended a blog training session in the Archives with LDC lecturer Claire Hynes and are now preparing their first draft for an editorial workshop. It’s great to see what’s inspiring them; each one producing a unique narrative based on something which sparks their interest and from which they can expand and explore.

12 attendees: 3 from History; 8 from LDC and 1 from AMA.

Blog training, 21 February morning

Excellent writing exercises that challenged me and made me approach writing in new ways.

Blog training, 21 February afternoon

The workshop helped me to critique my own style of writing in a way that was really encouraging.


Do Something Different Festival, 20 February

As part of UEA’s annual ‘Do Something Different Festival’ the Archives scheduled to re-screen the 2011 Literary Festival interview with Andrea Levy. Sadly Andrea passed away the very same week, making the re-screening all the more poignant and a bit special.

Enquiries & visits

Literary Archives

Students visiting from within UEA are coming to us for The Power (Naomi Alderman) and The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing). The papers of Malcolm Bradbury are also proving useful to one of our MA Modern and Contemporary Writing students.

UEA Collection

Three overseas enquiries have related to former UEA members of staff: the late W.G. Sebald, John Kimber and Werner Mosse.

Zuckerman Archive

  • A prospective PhD candidate at an English university has expressed an interest in accessing papers on Zuckerman’s time as Secretary of the Zoological Society of London.
  • An archaeological researcher has been examining the bombing survey reports detailing the damage caused in the bombing of Sicilian and mainland Italian ports during WWII.

Special Collections

There were 15 requests

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: January 2019

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.DSCF3684

• 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.Feminist Theatre 220119

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.

G.S. Callendar Archive

A Californian publisher has requested permission to use Callendar’s portrait photograph in a textbook on energy.

Kenney Papers

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.

Pritchard Papers

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.

UEA Collection

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.

Zuckerman Archive

• 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.

Special Collections

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.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: December 2018


Suffragette Stories, 6 December

UEA and Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service hosted a celebration at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library to mark 100 years since women first voted in a general election in the UK. The event launched a physical archive exhibition curated by students from Broadland High Ormiston Academy. The exhibition, which ran throughout December, included material from the Kenney Papers and stories of local suffragettes and a showcase of the numerous intergenerational workshops held throughout Norfolk involving school children, who interviewed community residents in libraries on how women’s roles have changed since women first voted in 1918.

The launch also heard readings from an anthology of stories written by established and emerging writers, school children and other community members to be published online by UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) throughout 2019, to remember forgotten suffragettes and to recreate the suffragette tree plantation which was sadly destroyed in the 1960s to make way for housing.

Suffragette Stories is a partnership between the UEA and Norfolk County Council Library & Information Service, and is generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A digital exhibition of 100 digitised items from the Kenney Papers archive is nearing completion and will be launched online at the end of February 2019.


The suffragette display curated by Norfolk school children was on display at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library throughout December.


Creative Writing module visit, 6 December

This module, delivered by Kate Moorhead-Kuhn, explored the manuscripts and working process of novelist Sara Taylor. 7 attendees.

Shore (9)

Manuscript of The Shore


Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Legal documents on the theatre from 1790-1886 have been made available to the board of trustees of this former theatre building. Collection description.

G.S. Callendar Archive


Guy Callendar’s notebook on CO2, 1939-1940.

A Swiss online magazine, Republik, has published an article on climate change which describes Callendar’s painstaking audit of weather station data across the globe and his resultant theory of global warming in response to rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.

Tinkler Theatre Collection

A couple from Great Yarmouth have visited to trace their relatives’ performances in the early 20th century. They were known as the ‘Two Magnets’ and performed in concert halls from 1890-1924.

UEA Collection

• The BBC has asked for contact details of the estate of the late Lord Oliver Franks (former Chancellor). They hope to re-run a recording of his 1954 Reith Lecture.
• The Students’ Union are gathering photographs of all former SU Presidents. The Archives holds an album of portrait photographs of all presidents from 1968-1980. The rest are scattered throughout UEA magazines.

Zuckerman Archive

An academic has visited to read the children’s essays describing the blitz in Hull. This is a collection of over 2,000 essays and is a rare resource of children’s first-hand accounts of their wartime experiences. More on the essays.

Special Collections

There were 19 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: November 2018


UEA Staff Association visit, 21 November

Over a lunchtime visit staff enjoyed a behind the scenes tour and discovered some of the treasures that lie in the depths of UEA Library. After an informal talk they could browse displays of literary archive material, including manuscripts from authors who have studied creative writing as part of the UEA MA in Creative Writing. Also available were working drafts from crime writers Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, the nature writing archives of East Anglian writers Mark Cocker and Roger Deakin and original letters between leading suffragettes. 10 attendees.

Workers’ Educational Association, Norwich branch, 24 November

Visiting members received an introduction to the British Archive for Contemporary Archives (BACW) and wider archive. They received a presentation which provided insight into how the collections came into being at UEA, their value and how they are being used in teaching. Jos Smith (BACW Director) held a workshop focussing on Naomi Alderman’s The Power.


A display from the Kenney Papers (suffragette archive) has been installed at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. The display is curated by Norfolk school children as part of the HLF Suffragette Stories project. Young and old within local communities have had the opportunity of connecting through the archive. The display is open to the public throughout December.


MA in Literary Translations (MALT), 1 November

Students were introduced to literary and translation archives. Lecturer Tom Boll led the session on reading and writing literary translations. 5 attendees.

MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), 7 & 8 November

The works of Sara Taylor were the focus of two teaching sessions held by Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) lecturer Kate Moorhead-Kuhn.  22 attendees.

LDC UG Living Modernism, 7 November

This session, run by LDC lecturer Nonia Williams, used the collections as a background for social studies of the twenties and thirties. Material was included from across the collections, from minimalist domestic living in thirties London (Pritchard Papers), to Doris Lessing’s views on Virginia Woolf, printed ephemera from theatre collections and the diaries and memoirs of suffragettes. 10 attendees.

Analysing Film and Television (Art, Media and American Studies (AMA) UG) module, 26 November

Students were able to work with the screenwriting scripts of Charlie Higson (The Fast Show and Monstroso) and Malcolm Bradbury (Dalziel and Pascoe and Porterhouse Blues) and gain insight into what it takes to make a career in the creative arts.

The session was developed by Emily Walker, current UEA PGR in comedy television, and Curatorial Assistant for the TV Comedy Writing Collection, within the BACW, (CHASE-funded placement). 5 attendees.

LDC UG Reading Texts, The Grass is Singing, 27 November

After receiving an introduction to copyright and the handling of archival materials, the students gained familiarity with the letters written between Doris Lessing, her agent and publishers in her quest to bring The Grass is Singing to print. They photographed themselves using the collection and were able to include a couple of love letters by Lessing to John Whitehorn from the forties. The session was supervised by Jos Smith. The photographs will be made available to the Archives and UEA’s Media Library.


Introductory sessions were delivered to 21 volunteer bloggers, some of whom we hope will write some interesting blogs on items selected from our collections.



Enquiries and visits have related to Graham Greene, Virginia Woolf, Ann Quin and Barbara Kingsolver.

Kenney Papers (suffragettes)

A scholar who is re-creating an Edwardian dress has asked for information on the dress worn by the suffragettes.

Pritchard Papers (architecture and design)

• A curator from RIBA has visited to consult papers on designers, in particular László Moholy-Nagy.
• New information on copyright ownership has emerged for a couple of sought after photographs of László Moholy-Nagy and Walter Gropius. This has already assisted two publishers who wish to use them.
• Speeches by Walter Gropius have been requested by a researcher in the US.

Long chair leaflet designed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Roger Deakin Archive

We assisted with an enquiry on the East Anglian ceramic artist Mary Newcomb.

UEA Collection

We’ve helped answer questions on where in the Library marks the join between the original building by Lasdun (1968) and the first extension by Feilden & Mawson (1974); and how the authors of Concrete and Open Skies settled on the title.

West corner. Originally just 10 bays, the building extended to 16 as part of a second phase extension (Feilden & Mawson, 1974)

Other enquiries related to the Sex Pistols (a cancelled UEA gig in the sixties); and the eighties Crawl Club (a social drinking club at UEA).

Zuckerman Archive

A research visit focussed on the correspondence between Zuckerman and Lord Mountbatten of Burma.

Special Collections

There were 16 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: October 2018


UEA Library 50th anniversary

A display to mark the anniversary has been set up in the Library foyer. This combines archive as well as contemporary material to show some of the changes the Library has undergone over the last 50 years. Alumni have been sharing their memories and these have been gathered together in a series of blogs. More.

Public Event: Suffragette Stories: Exploring the Legacy, 13 October 2018, The Forum, Norwich

Fifty two members of the public attended an Archive event to celebrate October 13 1905 when the ‘Votes for Women’ banner was first raised at the Free Trade Hall in 1905 by Annie Kenney. Talks from leading historians Krista Cowman and Lyndsey Jenkins shed light on the struggle against inequality of little known activists like the Kenney sisters, whose archive are held at UEA, and considered the uneven progress of gender relations since. The UEA Archive’s Writer in Residence Fiona Sinclair reported on the activities of our HLF project. More.


MA Biography & Creative non-fiction (LDC PGT) with Andrew Kenrick, 16 October

© Estate of Roger Deakin

The current cohort visited the archive for a session exploring non-fiction writers’ archives held at UEA including those of Lorna Sage, Roger Deakin and Mark Cocker. The session also explored how non-fiction writers can research archives and use the material for creative inspiration. 16 attendees.

Charlie Higson – author, scriptwriter, actor and musician – returns to UEA to share ideas on breaking into a creative career

Charlie Higson

A day of scheduled student sessions with comedy writer Higson took place on 17 October. Emily Walker (comedy archive PhD placement) interviewed Higson about his archive. A Q&A session (led by Brett Mills) on the comedy writing and performance industry followed; students were able to sit in and ask questions. Individual seminars on the creative process followed with small selected groups of students asking specific questions for discussion. Emily Walker, has written a blog about the visit. 16 attendees.

MA Gender Studies (HUM) – Feminist Research Methods Module, 9 October

blog post image AK postcard votes for women

Annie Kenney

Students visited the archives of suffragette sisters, Annie and Jessie Kenney, and explored the legacy of working class suffragettes. A graduate of last year’s cohort, Laura Noon, and an Unboxed volunteer with the archive during 2017-18, has published a blog drawing on the archive material. 12 attendees.

Creative Writing Workshops with Fiona Sinclair, 12 October

Our HLF funded Writer in Residence, Fiona Sinclair, held creative writing workshops with undergraduate students interested in submitting to the Suffragette Stories anthology. More. 4 attendees.

Suffragette Stories Archive Research Day (Fiona Sinclair, Kate Cooper and Stanislava Dikova), 15 October

The Suffragette Stories project team made selections from the Kenney Papers archive. Children in schools, including Wroxham, then ‘curated’ the final selection. The material will be on display at the Millennium Library (The Forum, Norwich) throughout December. An event to celebrate the project, and launch the creative writing anthology, will be held on 6 December at the venue. 3 attendees.

The BACW featured at UEA Open Day, 20 October

Twenty nine prospective students and their parents visited the Archive to discover how students work with archive material during their studies.

MA in Literary Translation (MALT) – seminar with Tom Boll, 23 October 

Students visited the archive of literary translator, David Bellos, to understand his process. 11 attendees.

Anthony Vivis Archive

A request was received from a US university for a copy of a translation by Vivis of a playscript by Rainer Fassbinder. The copyright holder has been traced and permission granted.


Some of the enquiries and visits we’ve received:
• a creative writing student sought material for a character sketch
• a student of prose fiction enquired about authors who use scrap-books and collage to inform their work
• a couple of our students have been in to read the letters of J.D. Salinger
• a lecturer enquired about access to a BBC recording of a Samuel Beckett interview
• a Gender Studies student viewed the Kenney Papers to see how the suffragettes viewed the struggle in the decades following
• a PhD student in Germany sought lectures delivered by W.G. Sebald at UEA
• a volunteer at Felbrigg Hall sought audio recordings of lectures delivered in the sixties at UEA by Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer.

Images for publications

The Archives have assisted publishers and writers with high quality images for forthcoming publications. Two separate publications relate to the Pritchard Papers and one to the Roger Deakin Archive.

UEA Collection

• The Archives have found photos of a Science lecture theatre for Estates in order to gain a sense of the original look and feel. Other enquiries related to the History of Art, the Library’s carrels, and early UEA artwork and designs.

• Five alumni from 1968 visited the Library and Archives and enjoyed looking at past student handbooks and press-cuttings albums. They subsequently shared with us some of their memories of the Library.

Zuckerman Archive

Papers relating to Zuckerman’s career as Chief Scientific Advisor, nuclear and chemical defence policy have been consulted by an academic from the University of Milan and a student from the London School of Economics.

Special Collections

There were 12 requests.

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.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: August 2018

Lee Child Archive (new archive)

The BACW is delighted to announce the long-term loan of this archive from best-selling crime writer Lee Child. Selections will be on display at the Enterprise Centre on Friday 14 September, as part of the NOIRwich Crime Writing Festival. LDC students will soon be able to see manuscripts and the working process behind Child’s novels during teaching visits to the Archives.

Leading articles – Observer article and Bookseller plus Guardian Review and Eastern Daily Press

Professor Henry Sutton, currently director of Creative Writing at UEA, and Curator of the Crime Writing collections within the BACW, described it as a highly significant development for both the BACW and Crime Writing at UEA.

Pritchard Papers

A permissions request has been received from an archive in Switzerland for a letter written by Jack Pritchard to Sigfried Giedion (1888-1968), historian and critic of architecture.

UEA Collection


Copyright UEA

• A student on the MA course in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, has spent three days with us furthering her research on UEA and other so-called plate glass universities of the 1960s.
• We have assisted with a query for the date on which the student newspaper Concrete changed its font.

Zuckerman Archive


Plans for a 1946 trip to the USA to discuss the effects of the atomic bombs. Zuckerman Archive

• A researcher from Hiroshima City University has visited to trace Zuckerman’s trip to the US in 1946 where he was sent to cooperate with the Americans in a detailed casualty survey of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
• We’ve been able to trace another school essay for a member of the public who thought that her great auntie may have been one of the children during WWII who was asked to write an essay on her experience of the air raids in Hull. More on the essays.
• A request has been received for information on the Leyton bus bombing in Essex in WWII. The casualty surveys in the Zuckerman Archive do not however include this area.

Special Collections

There were 11 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: July 2018


DSCF3589The ‘Angela Carter and Japan’ display can be seen in the Archives throughout July & August. This followed the symposium held in the Julian Studies building at the end of June. Curator of the exhibition, Visiting Research Fellow Natsumi Ikoma, has written about the origins of the exhibition in a separate post.

UEA Literary Festival at 25
The British Archive for Contemporary Writing holds 300+ recordings of past literary festivals. 25 interviews were digitised and remastered in 2015 with a view to sharing online to celebrate this milestone but also with a view to digital preservation of these, often vulnerable, physical formats from the past. Student volunteers have viewed the recordings and identified the best clips for sharing. These are currently being shared via the UEA Literary Festival and Archives social media with the hashtag: #25UEALitFest


‘Texts in Motion’ Literature Summer School 2 July
Tutors from Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) led three workshops on the creative writing process. In all, 36 sixth formers attended.

From ‘Untitled’ to ‘Things I could Tell You’. This workshop examined what the archive tells us about Sara Taylor’s writing process from early draft to finished product.

Tash Aw’s short story The Sail was the focus of the second workshop. The students were asked what interested or intrigued them about the archival material; why the process of drafting and editing is of interest to a student of literature; and why it is of interest to a creative writer.

Faculty of Humanities, Research Showcase 4 July
A presentation was given to academic colleagues on research and engagement initiatives underway within the BACW, as well as the range of potential further opportunities to work with colleagues. A display from the suffragette archives was also provided.

Open days 6 and 7 July
24 prospective students attended talks and consulted the collections in the Archive Reading Room, to learn how UEA archive material is used in humanities teaching and research skills development with unique cultural heritage material from suffragettes to literary icons.

For the first time, UEA Archives had a presence in the Media Suite for Open Day. Chase Placement PGR student, Annie Kelly (AMA), currently based in the Archives, gave a hands on demonstration to all those visiting the Digitisation Suite on the process involved in digitising our suffragette archive, as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project, Suffragette Stories.

FLY Festival (Festival of Literature for Young People) 9 July
‘The Life of Writing Workshop’ with LDC tutor Nonia Williams provided a group of sixth formers with the opportunity to work with materials from Sara Taylor’s Archive. Participants compared first drafts with published versions of Taylor’s short stories to help them understand the process of drafting and editing prose fiction before embarking on their own writing within the session.

Creative Writing International Summer School 18 July
Seminar on the Creative Process, five international student attendees. LDC tutor, Kate Moorhead-Kuhn, worked with Sara Taylor’s short story archive material to help students chart the writing process from early draft to published version. Students also examined the material of authors Richard Beard, Andrew Cowan and Tash Aw to understand the process of submissions to literary agents and publishers

• UEA graduate, Sam Coleman, currently studying an MSc in information management at Sheffield University, interviewed Justine Mann and Grant Young (Academic Engagement Librarian HUM) on the relationship between Libraries and Archives for his dissertation.

Doris Lessing Archive

We have received a deposit of a 1984 letter from Lessing to her Russian tutor. Along with this is the tutor’s account of their association in the 1980s, Lessing’s approach to her studies and the sort of people she would have encountered on the course.

Pritchard Papers

• A Canadian Professor of Art History with a specialism in László Moholy-Nagy (Bauhaus professor) has visited over two days.
• Images are being supplied for a 2019 publication on the architect Walter Gropius.


Dinner menu designed by Moholy-Nagy

Theatre Collections

A UEA student has requested information on electric theatres and cinema in Norfolk. Many local theatres doubled-up as cinemas. Notes from 1919 provide recollections on the opening of cinema theatres across East Anglia by Mr Frederick Holmes Cooper. The first being the Electric Theatre in Wisbech c.1910.

UEA Collection

The report of the 1963 UEA expedition to Nepal has been consulted.

Zuckerman Archive

A 1950s report on nuclear weapons is being cross-checked.

Special Collections

There were 8 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: June 2018

This update includes just a sample of enquiries, visits and activities during the course of another busy month. June has been warm for most however we are fortunate to occupy the coolest spot in the Library building.

Suffragettes Heritage Project [update provided by Stanislava Dikova]

Workshop in Cromer



The Suffragette Stories project, generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, held its first workshop on 11 June 2018. Fiona Sinclair (Project Officer), Kate Cooper (Norfolk Library Service), Ben Morrison (MA Creative Writing, UEA), and Stanislava Dikova (Digital Curation Assistant, UEA) visited Cromer Academy and met a group of nine GCSE students. Materials from the Kenney Papers, including Annie and Jessie Kenney’s passports, pictures of elderly ex-suffragettes attending a commemorative event at Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1960, and various suffrage-related badges, were used to immerse the students in the suffragette struggle for the vote and invite them to reflect on its legacy.

On 14 June, we met a group of older community members at Cromer Library and presented on materials in the archive. The two groups will come together at the end of the month to prepare a local exhibition using materials from the Kenney archive and memories from older community members on the legacy of the suffragettes.

Workshop at UEA
On 6 June, organisers of the Walter Scott Prize for Literature led a workshop with MA and MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Creative Writing students at UEA, to develop skills in using our suffragette archive material to prompt creative writing with groups of young people and adults.

Digitisation update
40 of the planned 100 items from the Kenney Papers archive have been digitised by Annie Kelly (Digitisation Assistant, CHASE Placement, based at UEA Archives) using the UEA’s Humanities Media Suite. The images are currently going through post-production and will be added to a digital exhibition site due to be launched to the public later in the year.



Prof. Natsumi Ikoma (Visiting Scholar, International Christian University, Japan)

Angela Carter and Japan Symposium, 30 June. How did Japanese culture influence Angela Carter’s writing and teaching at UEA? The symposium and accompanying display included contributions from BACW staff and the Lorna Sage Archive. Symposium’s webpage.


• Delegates from a teachers’ conference visited the BACW on 7 June to explore the use of archives in learning and teaching.
• We have met with an organiser of the UEA Staff Association to arrange an archives visit for members over the summer.

Doris Lessing Archive

We have received a request for content for a publication which is incorporating artists’ responses to the life and work of Lessing.

Kenney Papers (suffragettes)

• A lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities (IIH) is making arrangements to bring students to visit the suffragettes archives in Spring 2019. There are normally around 80 on the module.
• As part of Mulbarton Words Week, an arranged visit to the Archives took place on 5 June. Participants were introduced to the literary collections and the suffragette archive and some had a go at transcribing letters from Christabel Pankhurst.

We were amazed at the amount and range of items and will be back.

Pritchard Papers


Bauhaus Dessau. Marc Wathieu, Creative Commons licence

We have received a number of visits and enquiries from curators and researchers involved in the preparation of publications and exhibitions for the Bauhaus centenary in 2019. The Pritchard Papers documents the activities of significant Bauhaus figures who were living in London during the thirties, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszló Moholy-Nagy.

Snoo Wilson Archive

A UEA academic is researching one of Wilson’s early plays from the sixties.

W.G. Sebald

A curator and writer from the US has visited to research Sebald’s Vertigo; and an academic from another US university has asked for any correspondence by Sebald on architectural history.

Zuckerman Archive

• An overseas researcher has requested papers of the Bombing Analysis Unit’s (BAU) investigations and reports on Allied attacks on pin-point targets in France.
• A US researcher is focussing on the donation of animals to London Zoo in the 1920s. Zuckerman held the post of Prosector (Research Anatomist) and went on to be Secretary and President.

Special Collections

There were 25 enquiries.