This page summarises all of the events and activities that Creativeworks London has produced or was involved in. Included are also events and activities that were organised by our collaborators and/or partners.

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Unlocking Archives
June 26, 2014 10:00 am
June 26, 2014 5:00 pm
May 7, 2014
Room 417, Birkbeck University of London
Malet Street, London , WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom

A networking and knowledge exchange event at Birkbeck

Archives are wonderful resources but often underused and under-appreciated. Important for academic research, they also offer scope for anyone to rediscover the past in all its variety. Archives can open up new sources of unexpected insights for individuals, local communities, historians and researchers with specialist interests. But they also need protection and care. How do archivists balance their dual responsibility to caring for their collections and making them more accessible to the public? How can academic research (and researchers) help them do both? How can entrepreneurs and those responsible for communication and public engagement in creative, cultural and heritage sectors help archives ‘get out there’ without risking the collections?

The aim of this event is to explore opportunities for collaborative work between Birkbeck scholars, archivists and people working in creative, cultural and social sectors. Focusing on examples from a selection of archives, we will consider issues relating to opening up archives to both academic research and public access and engagement. The third session of the day will provide information about potential sources of funding for exploring new initiatives and the final session will wrap things up and indicate pathways forward.

To register please go to this Eventbrite page:

For further information please contact Wendy Earle;

Sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

Organised by Dr Wendy Earle, Impacts and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Birkbeck


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Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.