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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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unlocking-archives-tickets-11524440913
For further information please contact Wendy Earle; firstname.lastname@example.org
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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