Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: March 2020

Access to the Archives

As of Monday 23 March access to our physical collections are closed for the foreseeable future. Staff continue to work remotely on developing the collections and outreach projects and we may also be contacted to answer queries and offer guidance. In some instances we may be able to offer a digital copy or a link to a digital file. Contact us at archives@uea.ac.uk

Literary Festival interviews brought to you at home

The Archives has teamed up with UEA’s Literary Festival Archive and New Writing. From 23 March we started to open up a series of recordings from past events. Each week a new interview is released. For a stimulating un-edited conversation follow links from Twitter @UEAArchives @UEALitFest @NewWritingNet

Enquiries, Visits & Activities

CHARLIE HIGSON ARCHIVE

Filming of Higson’s Archive took place in the Archives on 6 March. A programme celebrating 25 years of The Fast Show, a popular BBC comedy sketch show programme of the 1990s, will be aired later in the year. Higson was one of the central performers and sketch writers of The Fast Show. Our Chase Placement student, Emily Walker, who has worked extensively on The Fast Show material within the archive, contributed to the programme.
Guardian The Fast Show returns to TV for one-off special.
Chortle: the UK Comedy Guide Brilliant! Fast Show team to reunite

MA DIGITAL HERITAGE MODULE, 10 MARCH

Justine Mann led a seminar on Exhibitions as part of the ‘Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age’ MA Module. Students were introduced to current debates surrounding the design, creation and presentation of digital surrogates and exhibitions and community participation. The session also drew on our National Lottery funded digitisation project, Suffragette Stories, led by the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and the British Archive for Contemporary Writing, which digitised 100 items from our Kenney Papers Archive to celebrate the centenary of women achieving the vote. Students were introduced to Omeka exhibition software and the challenges behind the creation of an online exhibition. Finally, they contributed digital exhibits and added metadata. The session was held in the Media Suite. Attendance: 12

ZUCKERMAN ARCHIVE

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Julian_Huxley 1964. Creator unknown. Source Dutch National Archives. CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

An academic from the University of New South Wales has visited to  research Sir Julian Huxley (evolutionary biologist). Papers relating to Sir Julian can be found in three of our collections but predominantly in the Zuckerman collection. Sir Julian was secretary of the Zoological Society of London (1935-1942), a post later held by Solly Zuckerman (1955-1977).

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: February 2020

Visits, Enquiries and Other Activities

MA MODULE IN CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ARCHIVING IN THE DIGITAL AGE, 4 FEBRUARY

Justine Mann co-delivered a seminar on Preservation with the East Anglia Film Archive (EAFA) Education Technologist, Sean Kelly, in UEA’s Media Suite. The BACW led section: ‘Digital Preservation in the Archives of Contemporary Writers’ drew on our recent research into the challenges of preserving the creative process in born digital archive material. Attendance: 12 students.

MA SCRIPTWRITING, 7 FEBRUARY

This session drew on some of our collections which are not usually associated with creative writing. Inspiration was found in climate reports, essays documenting children’s experiences during the Blitz, and a 1930s dinner club. Attendance: 17.

UG & MA CREATIVE WRITING, 13-14 FEBRUARY

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Manuscript of The Shore

An opportunity to see the writing process behind a published novel, The Shore, through the archive of Sara Taylor. Sketched out with maps and a family tree the archives shows the novel’s evolution through a series of drafts, editor’s notes and rejection letters. Attendance: 33, in three groups.

“It’s really helpful seeing the writing process from someone’s who’s published.”

“Hugely interesting as a writer, especially seeing flaws in a published writers’ drafts.”

“I really liked being able to see the multiple drafts and flip through them.”

FROM OUR LITERARY COLLECTIONS (TOPICAL THIS MONTH)

Letters from the writer Winston Graham (novelist known for the Poldark series) mentioning the Indian writer R.K. Narayan (CHARLES PICK ARCHIVE).

FROM OUR OTHER COLLECTIONS (TOPICAL THIS MONTH)

We have assisted a family history researcher with his query on Joan Everest (THE EVEREST COLLECTION); and a community arts group with their exhibition on portraits of climate change influencers (G.S. CALLENDAR ARCHIVE).

The PRITCHARD PAPERS received visits from a postgraduate student in Contemporary History and Politics at Birkbeck who is researching the teachers of the Bauhaus; a returning visitor from Bowdoin College (Maine) who is researching the recent history of the modernist Lawn Road Flats, in particular the Isokon Trust – the body instrumental in rescuing the building in recent years; and an independent researcher from London who is preparing for her talk on Edith Tudor-Hart (photographer and Soviet Union spy).

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Earlham Hall. Home of UEA School of LAW

The UEA COLLECTION has been accessed for photographs of the Chamber Choir in the 1970s; the history of Earlham Hall; and a 1976 discussion of the poets Empson, Gascoyne, Rickword and Spender.

Special Collections

12 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: January 2020

Events

DORIS LESSING 100

‘Curating Ourselves’ – Teachers’ inset day, 10 January, Sainsbury Centre

DL 100 Teachers inset day 2020-01-10Local art teachers were welcomed to the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition to consider the curatorial process in relation to a writer’s life. It stimulated ideas for lesson plans & further links between the Archive and schools. Attendees: 9.

DORIS LESSING 100

Screening of Memoirs of a Survivor, 21 January, Cinema City, Norwich

Starring Julie Christie and based on Lessing’s dystopian novel of the same title. Some scenes from this 1980s science fiction film were filmed in Argyle Street, Norwich with some of the residents from the squats as extras. The screening attracted a select audience of 37 and was organised by Justine Ashford (LDC, PGR).

Conference: Archives, Access and AI, 15-17 January, London

Emily Walker (PGR Chase Placement student) and Justine Mann presented a research paper at an AHRC funded international conference: Archives, Access and AI: Working with Born-digital and Digitised Archival Collections – on the challenges of archiving born digital scriptwriter files.

MA GENDER STUDIES SPRING SEMINAR SERIES, 29 JANUARY, ARTS 01.06

Lyndsey Jenkins (University of Oxford) speaks on Gender, Class and Feminism in Suffrage Activists’ Childhoods. Jenkins shares insights from the archive of working class suffragettes – Annie and Jessie Kenney (the Kenney Papers are held in UEA Archives). Attendees: 9.

SNOO WILSON PRIZE FOR SCRIPTWRITING, 30 JANUARY

Snoo Wilson Prize for Scriptwriting 2020-01-30The annual prize, awarded at The Garage in Norwich, recognises the most imaginative, inventive & formally achieved piece of writing. A lively evening with readings from students. The archive of Snoo Wilson is held in the BACW. Attendees: 42.

Enquiries and visits

ACTIVISM SESSION FOR SIXTH FORMERS, 23 JANUARY

Visit to Doris Lessing’s exhibition and archive to work with original letters from writers campaigning for political issues. Dr Katie Cooper (PPL, PGR) spoke about writers as activists and her archival research for project ‘Writers and Free Expression’ Organiser: Justine Ashford. Attendees: 10.

MA PUBLISHING MODULE ‘AGENTS & ARCHIVES’, 27 JANUARY

Jen McDerra (LDC, PGR) brought her group to see behind the book jacket into the nitty-gritty of the publishing process. Attendees: 17.

Interesting to see that agents and publishers really care about the work they take on.’
Eye-opening edits, very interesting.’
Demystifies many areas of the publishing process.’
Every time I [attend on a module] I find more reasons to come on my own.’

CREATIVE WRITING HERITAGE ITEAMS VISIT, 28 JANUARY

Students involved in this year’s Heritage i-Teams Project, visited the archive to look at original archive material from some of our writers’ archives and learn more about a writer’s creative process. This will inform the team’s proposal on how BACW can present the story behind the evolution of a story/chapter draft in an engaging and interactive way for audiences. More information about Heritage i-Teams can be found here.

‘WRITING THE WILD’ (LDC, UG), 28 JANUARY

Writing the Wild 2020-01-28This popular session draws on the archives of nature writers Mark Cocker and Roger Deakin (wild swimmer). Attendees: 14.

Helpful to see the progress of some of the texts we studied.’
Very interesting, allowed books and authors to come alive with a backstory.’

FROM OUR LITERARY COLLECTIONS (TOPICAL THIS MONTH)

Naomi Alderman’s The Power; John Berger’s correspondence with Doris Lessing; The Fast Show; and radio recordings of Roger Deakin. Lee Child’s biographer has also just finished the last of a long series of visits.

FROM OUR OTHER COLLECTIONS (TOPICAL THIS MONTH)

PP.44.1.306Attacks on German headquarters, 1944; the history of Environmental Science; Bedford College; Hull family history; the blueprint of the Penguin donkey bookcase, designed by Egon Riss; Walter Gropius (architect); Leslie Bilsby (architect); feminist theatre; and trampolining and badminton at UEA.

Special Collections

17 requests. Six of these titles were for a group session ‘The Business of Books’ (eighteenth century publishing) (LDC).

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: December 2019

Events and displays

DORIS LESSING 100

We were delighted to learn that our Doris Lessing 100 exhibition & programme had been selected as a finalist in UEA’s Innovation & Impact Award 2020 in the category of ‘Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact’. The winners in each category will be announced on 6 February. There’s still time to see the exhibition which runs until 9 February 2020 at the Sainsbury Centre (UEA campus).

THE FAST SHOW, 25TH ANNIVERSARY, 5 DECEMBER

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Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse at UEA Archives. Copyright UEA.

UEA hosted a celebration to mark 25 years since the start of one of the most popular comedy sketch shows. Actors Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson popped into the archive before the event. Higson’s archive is held by us and includes sketches and submissions for the show. Selected pieces from the archive are on display in the Library foyer until 31 January 2020.

Enquiries and visits

WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (WEA), NORWICH BRANCH, 6 DECEMBER

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WEA visiting the Archives

This workshop was led by Justine Ashford (LDC PGR), a Doris Lessing 100 Chase Placement student. Using Doris Lessing’s 1940s love letters and recordings of the writer as the focal point, the participants reflected on selective memory and myth in personal narratives. 14 attendees.

BRILLIANT CLUB, 12 DECEMBER

Jen McDerra (LDC PGR) brought along a group of enthusiastic year 10s from Yarmouth (part of the Brilliant Club’s scholar programme). As part of a range of activities at UEA, the students visited the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition and our Reading Room where they took part in a seminar using archive material relating to Sara Taylor’s writing process, correspondence from Doris Lessing and selected pieces from an exhibition on Lee Child to stimulate thinking around their own creative process and the wider landscape of traditional and non-traditional publishing. Nine attendees.

KENNEY PAPERS

This archive has been accessed for correspondence between key suffragettes and the documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Jill Craigie. The papers reveal concerns raised about the appropriateness of featuring a phase of internal conflict during wartime (1945). Later, a proposed radio play ‘The Women’s Rebellion’ (1951) raises questions on the interpretation of Annie Kenney’s contribution to the suffragette movement.

ZUCKERMAN ARCHIVE

The popular Tots and Quots series has received a visit from a Scottish historian. This uniquely named 1930s dining club was for young scientists destined for eminence in the scientific world. Among its members were the crystallographer (John) Desmond Bernal, biologist J. B. S. Haldane, future Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Gaitskell, and one of the founders of science journalism, James Gerald Crowther. Catalogue record.

Special Collections

Two requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: November 2019

Displays

CRIME FICTION

The creative writing process of two crime writers: Louise Doughty (Platform Seven) and Dame Denise Mina (Conviction) was displayed in the UEA Library foyer through most of November. Curated by PGR CHASE student Elspeth Latimer.

Events

DORIS LESSING 100

On Fri 22 November a special evening of readings/discussion & curatorial talks to celebrate Doris Lessing 100 was held at the Millennium Library in Norwich with 23 members of the public. Dr Nonia Williams introduced The Golden Notebook and LDC student Georgina Rowley delivered a fascinating critical reading of the text.

The backdrop to this event was the installation of a display by the team of ‘Unboxed’ student volunteers showing their creative responses to the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition.

Over a period of four weeks, the students took part in practical workshops with archivists, gallery staff and writers to develop their own interpretations of material in the exhibition.

A process of shared reading, creative writing and enquiry illuminated Doris Lessing as a ‘voice of resistance’, continuing to challenge societal expectations and the professional limitations she experienced.

The event was also the culmination of several Millennium Library Reading Group sessions, led by Dr Nonia Williams and student, Georgina Rowley.

The exhibition continues at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts until 9 February 2020.

Further details on the Unboxed programme

Enquiries and visits

Mostly routine apart from research of the Zuckerman Archive focussing on film, television and mammal behaviour at London Zoo in the 1950s and ‘60s. Solly Zuckerman was Honorary Secretary and then President of the London Zoological Society.

Special Collections

6 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: October 2019

Archives and Collections Visiting Fellowships

Researching archivesA dynamic new funded fellowship has been announced for those wishing to pursue a research project relating to our collections. This initiative welcomes applications from academic researchers wishing to travel to Norwich to make use of the University’s archives and collections for innovative research.
Further information on Visiting Fellowships.

Displays

CRIME FICTION, 19 NOVEMBER

The creative writing process of two crime writers: Louise Doughty (Platform Seven) and Dame Denise Mina (Conviction) may be seen in the UEA Library foyer until 19 November. Curated by PGR CHASE student Elspeth Latimer.

DORIS LESSING 100

Exhibition visitExhibition 13 Sep 2019 – 9 Feb 2020 (Sainsbury Centre). Lessing’s personal archive forms the basis of this celebratory exhibition. Media coverage:
• The BBC R4’s Open Book
• The Guardian featured items from the exhibition

Open Days and Other Events

UEA OPEN WEEKEND 19 & 20 OCTOBER

Prospective students visiting the Archives were welcomed by Justine Mann and Jos Smith. An opportunity to discover how students learn archive research skills during their studies. 30 attendees.

DORIS LESSING 100: WOMEN WRITERS IN CONVERSATION

As part of the centenary celebrations, this ticketed event, run jointly with staff in LDC, brought contemporary writers: Rachel Cusk; Emma Claire Sweeney and Lara Feigel together to discuss Lessing’s legacy. Chaired by Nonia Williams. 85 attendees.
Doris Lessing 100 Programme.

Teaching

MA BIOGRAPHY / CREATIVE WRITING NON-FICTION, 15 OCTOBER

Exhibits in this session included material from the archives of Lorna Sage, Roger Deakin, J.D. Salinger and Doris Lessing. 16 attendees.

Some interesting questions which were considered as part of the session:
What challenges face biographers in archives?
What authority (if any) does an archive have over other source material in terms of illuminating a life?
How might a creative life writer’s response to an archive be different to that of a biographical researcher?

UG LDC TRANSLATION, 22 OCTOBER

Eugenia Kelbert-Rudan (Leverhulme Fellow) led this seminar which gave students the opportunity to examine drafts, working documents, and corrected copies of David Bellos’ translations of the works of the French writer Georges Perec. Seven attendees.

Interesting to compare the drafts and republished versions. Rare experience.

UG CREATIVE WRITING PROSE, 22-24 OCTOBER

Three sessions were held on consecutive days. Led by Kate Moorhead-Kuhn (LDC) and others. 39 attendees.

It was very useful to see the stages of a short story from first draft to publication, the process of editing and rewriting feels less daunting now.

Seeing the revision process on a professional level was super interesting.

IMAGINARY ENDINGS: BRITISH FICTION AND THE APOCALYPSE, 28 & 30 OCTOBER

Led by Iain Robinson (LDC). This session focussed on Doris Lessing’s Memoirs of a Survivor and to Lessing’s wider reflections on science fiction, Sufism, atomic war, and autobiography/memoir. 13 attendees (across two sessions).

Fascinating insight into the author and the realms: intellectual, interpersonal and spiritual she inhabited.

READING AND WRITING TRANSLATIONS, 31 OCTOBER

Led by Kotryna Garanasvili (LDC PGR). Again, this gave students the opportunity to examine David Bellos’ translations of the works of the French writer Georges Perec. Seven attendees.

It was interesting to study a professional translator’s material and see their editor’s feedback.

Unboxed

This year’s Unboxed programme is focused on the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre which charts the life of Doris Lessing (Nobel laureate).

Students will explore Doris Lessing’s archive and interpret its contemporary significance for new audiences. They will also have the opportunity to curate a display of selected work in Norwich Millennium Library in November.

The first induction session for successful applicants of this exciting volunteering opportunity was held on 23 October. The following week they attended an artists’ workshop at the Sainsbury Centre, led by Nell Croose Myhill (Learning Programme Manager) and Sarah Lowndes (Associate Tutor).

Further details of the Unboxed programme. 

Enquiries

Anthony Grey letters of support

Letters in support of Anthony Grey as he spent 777 days under house arrest.

The Observer Magazine has approached us as they republish the cover of one of their earlier issues from the 1970s. The cover featured a photograph of the journalist Anthony Grey who was placed under house arrest in Peking in 1967 for 777 days. The Archives holds a copy of the magazine and Grey’s papers documenting the personal cost of his job as a journalist. (Anthony Grey Archive). Article.

We’ve assisted picture researchers and a PhD student from Manchester with images for their articles on Isokon furniture and the Bauhaus; and we’re working with a television production company as they gather material for a Channel 5 programme concerning a tenant of the modernist Isokon Flats. (Pritchard Papers).

An author has sought images for her forthcoming book Circles and Squares: The Hampstead Modernists. Bloomsbury, April 2020. (Pritchard Papers).

A photograph of Guy Callendar (a pioneer of the theory of global warming) has been requested for a new book being written in the US on the history of climate change. (G.S. Callendar Archive).

A collection of 2,000 school children’s essays has been used for a dissertation by a student from the University of Birmingham. (Zuckerman Archive).

Special Collections

DSCF387811 requests.

Our thanks to Dr Mike Crundell for the very generous gift of Sir John Hill’s Eden, a compleat body of gardening (1757), an important work in the history of 18th century horticulture.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: September 2019

Displays

NOIRWICH CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL, 12-15 SEPTEMBER

This year’s festival gave privileged insight into the creative process of two celebrated authors: Louise Doughty and Dame Denise Mina who are pushing the boundaries of crime fiction. The display can be seen in UEA Library foyer until Nov 19. Curator: Elspeth Latimer (PGR and CHASE placement at UEA Archives).

DORIS LESSING 100

Conference 12-14 Sep and Exhibition 13 Sep 2019 – 9 Feb 2020 (Sainsbury Centre). Lessing’s personal archive forms the basis of this celebratory exhibition, curated by staff from LDC, the BACW and the Sainsbury Centre. A launch event ‘Margaret Drabble in Conversation’ was held on 12 September. 84 attendees.

Teaching

MA CRIME WRITING, 12 SEPTEMBER

A session including a view of selected items prior to the launch of Lee Child’s archive. Led by Elspeth Latimer. 12 attendees.

PGT LDC INDUCTIONS (TRANSITIONS), 25 SEPTEMBER

Reading & Writing with the Archive. What constitutes graduate level research? What can literary archives offer scholars & contemporary writers? Twelve stations of material from a 15th century manuscript to drafts of a contemporary novel/poem/script. 62 attendees across two sessions.

Enquiries

Most notable were the research visits by the biographer of Lee Child; a visit from a Canadian researcher on the effects of the Allied bombing of Germany; and research visits to Doris Lessing’s Archive by conference delegates. Permission requests were received for press articles on RIBA’s newly opened exhibition ‘Beyond Bauhaus, Modernism in Britain 1933–66‘; for publicity surrounding a newly published Spanish translation of Roger Deakin’s Waterlog; and for a book being prepared on the history of the ‘utopian universities’ of the 1960s.

Special Collections

One request.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: August 2019

Publications

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Writer’s born-digital creations pose unique challenges for literary archives. Copyright UEA.

Back in June we reported that an article on writers’ born digital archives had been accepted for publication. The article from Paul Gooding, Jos Smith and Justine Mann on the challenges of capturing the creative process in born digital literary archives has now been published in a special issue of the Taylor and Francis Journal ‘Archives and Manuscripts’ the professional and scholarly journal of the Australian Society of Archivists. It is based on a paper given at an AHRC funded conference in January 2017.

The forensic imagination: interdisciplinary approaches to tracing creativity in writers’ born-digital archives by Paul Gooding, Jos Smith & Justine Mann. Pages 374-390. Published online: 11 Aug 2019. Read the article.

Enquiries & Visits

Literary collections

Requests have centred on the history of UEA’s Creative Writing course, Doris Lessing and Malcolm Bradbury Archives.

A photograph of a cat and chess set has been requested for a website on the history of chess (from the archive of Anthony Grey, journalist). More.

Pritchard Papers

A London museum has requested an Isobar restaurant dinner menu from the period of the Spanish Civil War for their exhibition on how art influences politics.

A photograph of a bedroom in a 1930s minimalist flat has been requested for an article on Hilary Hinds’ book The Cultural History of Twin Beds; the same image has been requested by the University of Zagreb.

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The Pritchard’s Blythburgh house built in the early 1960s by Colin and Jennifer Jones. Courtesy Pritchard Papers.

Photographs of the Pritchard’s early 1960s designer house in Blythburgh, Suffolk have been supplied for a new website.

We’ve also been helping the Bauhaus Foundation with their exhibition on modernist furniture following their visit to our Archives.

Zuckerman Archive

Enquiries and visits have concerned the 1941 bombing of the Café de Paris in London and the national casualty survey conducted by Zuckerman; the UK’s purchase of nuclear weapons from the US; the civilian casualty response to the German bombing in WWII; and the breeding of endangered species in captivity.

The enquiries have come from a journalist and researchers from King’s College; the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester; the University of Waterloo in Canada; and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL) at UEA.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: July 2019

Displays

DSCF37842019 marks the centenary of the founding of the unique and legendary Bauhaus school of art. Beyond the Bauhaus: Walter Gropius in the UK and US is on display in the Archives foyer until 6 September. It draws from the Pritchard Papers, a collection we hold which is rich in the history of modernism, design and architecture. More.

Enquiries & Visits

UEA OPEN DAY, 6 JULY

Over 35 prospective students and their families visited to learn more about how the Archives supports learning and provides unique opportunities to develop a range of skills including critical thinking, creative writing and analysis of information; all during the course of working with a wide range of engrossing, stimulating and unique materials.

BAUHAUS DESSAU FOUNDATION VISIT, 8 JULY

Postgraduates from the fields of architecture, design, cultural and curatorial studies have once again chosen to visit us as part of their annual intensive and collective research project.

This year they have chosen a 1936 table designed by Marcel Breuer (and currently at the V&A) as the object of their focus. This modernist piece simultaneously serves as a thematic anchor and starting point from which to research provenance, migration, exhibition careers and historiographies in which it has played a part.

The research findings will be presented in an experimental exhibition in the Bauhaus building, and constitute a contribution to the conference “Collecting Bauhaus” taking place in December 2019.

Our Pritchard Papers hold over 600 items relating to the architect Marcel Breuer and his involvement with the Isokon Furniture Company. These items have been digitised on the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive.

SCVA STAFF AND VOLUNTEER INTRODUCTION TO THE DORIS LESSING 100 CENTENARY EXHIBITION, 8 JULY

Justine Mann and Paul Cooper, Chase PGR student, gave an introductory talk to Sainsbury Centre staff and volunteer gallery guides in preparation for the launch of the Doris Lessing 100 archive exhibition in September.

Reminder: An event to launch the exhibition takes place on Thur 12 Sep when Margaret Drabble, Lessing’s old friend, and Lessing scholar Roberta Rubenstein will be in conversation with Professor Christopher Bigsby. The international academic conference Doris Lessing at 100: The Writer’s Quest takes place 12-14 Sep. Further information can be found here: http://dorislessing.org

LIBRARY STAFF CPD CONFERENCE, 11 JULY

One of the optional sessions of this conference included ‘Archival Encounter’. This attracted 16 staff to the Archives for an introduction to our work and the collections as well as that of the East Anglian Film Archive. There were opportunities to search and view film clips, navigate through the ‘Suffragette Stories’ online exhibits, see some noteworthy publications held in Special Collections and follow the creative process in a range of unique archive materials.

CREATIVE WRITING VISIT FROM THE UEA INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL, 17 JULY

This annual visit to the Archives provided students the opportunity to examine the manuscript drafts and writing process of Sara Taylor’s short stories. Nine attendees.

LDC SUMMER SCHOOL VISIT, 30 JULY

This session was led by Jos Smith, Director of the BACW. The suffragettes archive was used as a focus from which to explore and develop critical thinking and creative writing. This collection is particularly inspirational for conversation and story-telling around forgotten legacies and women’s equality. 17 attendees.

‘Really fascinating to see records of such a relevant and revolutionary time, and to get a glimpse into the lives of women who created so many opportunities for women today.’

‘The idea of historical fiction is one not covered much at A-level.’

‘The session was interesting and surrounded a topic I am passionate about, and drew questions surrounding genre.’

Special Collections

There were 12 requests.

Exploring the Archives: a monthly update: June 2019

Publications

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Walnut Tree Farm. Copyright Estate of Roger Deakin

  • The Archives are pleased to have been of assistance with a newly published work Life at Walnut Tree Farm by Rufus Deakin and Titus Rowlandson. Richly illustrated, the book examines the property formerly owned by nature writer Roger Deakin; the restoration of the semi-ruined Elizabethan farmhouse by Deakin, and his passion for the surrounding countryside in which he quite literally immersed himself.
  • An article on born digital archives from Paul Gooding, Jos Smith and Justine Mann “The Forensic Imagination: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Tracing Creativity in Writers’ Born-Digital Archives” has been accepted for publication in a special issues of the journal: Archives and Manuscripts (Taylor and Francis). The paper draws on a panel event at the ‘Born Digital Literary Archives’ event that took place at Loughborough University in January 2017.

‘Institutions in the 21c. Libraries, Archives and Digital Heritage: Projects and Prospects’ – Heritage Dot Conference, University of Lincoln, 3 June

Justine Mann joined a panel of colleagues from the British Library at the inaugural Heritage Dot Conference to talk about the challenges and opportunities of digital in archive and libraries. The innovative governance model for the BACW and the challenges in archiving born digital literary material were discussed. http://heritagedot.org/

Interviews for internship, 13 June

The Strachey Trust has generously granted funds to the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) to employ a UEA graduate intern to assist in an archive cataloguing project during the Nobel laureate, Doris Lessing’s Centenary year.

This role will help to improve the visibility of the Doris Lessing Archive catalogue ahead of a major international conference in September. An LDC finalist was offered the role as part of UEA’s Graduate Internship Programme.

Enquiries & Visits

UEA TWILIGHT CPD FOR TEACHERS, 12 JUNE

UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) hosted this event for teachers of English Literature. The focus was dystopian fiction, in particular Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. They examined questions of narrative, voice, structure, theme, genre and the dystopian tradition in literature, with the aim being to suggest some fresh perspectives that the teachers could use with their students. 18 attendees.

LITERARY ENQUIRIES

These have been for Naomi Alderman’s The Power and J.D. Salinger’s personal letters. We’ve also gained some biographical information relating to the children’s illustrator Cecil Mary Leslie, which complements our collection of original ink drawings.

ZUCKERMAN ARCHIVE

From the Zuckerman  Archive we’ve received enquiries on the WWII school essays; the history of bio-engineering; the disaster of the Torrey Canyon (an oil tanker which hit rocks off the coast of Cornwall); defence; Lord Mountbatten; and the history of the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA.

Special Collections

There were 5 requests.