Saturday 1st November 2014
“A pile of my history, found in my parents’ attic”: The everyday histories and archives of popular music heritage.
In this paper we ask: what kind of music heritage – what kind of histories – are constructed in museums and in non-institutional spaces, on and offline? How useful is it to describe this kind of activity in relation to ideas of mainstream and margin? What does it mean to describe popular collecting activities in relation to amateur and professional in relation to the idea of the Archive at all? For instance, how do those engaging in these practices describe them and what is it that they do when they ‘do’ heritage?
Paul Long, Professor of Media & Cultural History, Associate Director Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research, Birmingham City University.
Saturday 24th January 2015
Love they neighbour: inter-neighbour relations and the syntax of complaint in early C20th London
In researching the history of my flat – a one-bedroomed former tenement designed by Octavia Hill in 1903 – I stumbled upon some letters of complaint in an archive. The letters reveal the main concerns and antagonisms between neighbours in the early 20th century.
Anna Robinson, University of East London
Saturday 21st February 2015
Voicing the stories of the excluded: Albanian families’ identity and history making in Athens, Greece
In my talk I draw from my ethnographic/participatory work with five Albanian families in Athens, Greece as part of my PhD research. By sharing their lives with participants for a period of over a year across multiple settings, I will be showing how family members’ identity informs memory selection and history making (personal, family, community, national), i.e. what it is to be remembered (or forgotten) and what it is to be passed down (or not) to the future generation.
Eleni Vomvyla, University College London, Institute of Archaeology
Saturday 21st March 2015
Making public forgotten black histories 1750-2014: From ghostly hands to children’s memorials on slave graves
Professor Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
Saturday 25th April 2015
Negotiating control in the construction of the mental health recovery archive
The mental health recovery archive is online at: http://mentalhealthrecovery.omeka.net. It contains personal testimony and expressions of identity from four contributors who have lived experience of mental health recovery. In this talk I will share my experiences of being the archivist and PhD researcher who instigated the project with reflections on what I perceived to be the challenges of sharing authority and developing reciprocity in the construction of the archive.
Anna Sexton, Department of Information Studies, University College London
Saturday 16th May 2015
The River Severn: Alternative Journeys
Following a river from source to estuary is the obvious way to do it, isn’t it? My photographic study of the River Severn suggests that this linear view of the landscape has an impact upon how it is viewed by those familiar with it. This in turn determines what is and what is not deemed to be important in the past. I use my own collection of photographs in an exploration of salmon fishing, and in an exhibition in Bewdley to discuss this.
Linda Shapiro, MA in Public History from Ruskin College Oxford
Please note the new venue: The Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.
Come along for coffee at 11am with the session starting promptly at 11.30.
Follow Public History Group signs on the outer door of the Institute and in the lobby by the lifts.
Nearest tube stations are Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith and City & Metropolitan lines), Euston (Victoria, Northern lines and the overground) and Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines). Disabled badge holders parking immediately outside the front door of the Institute. Follow the link below for a map of the Institute and public transport guide https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/contact