The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Website/Blog: Community Archives and Identities

The website/blog for the AHRC project 'Community Archives and Identities: Documenting and Sustaining Community Heritage', based at UCL is now live here Please bookmark the link and forward the information to anyone you think may be interested.

The aim of the project is to investigate the role community archives play in supporting a sense of rootedness and identity amongst black and other minority ethnic communities in particular. We are also interested in the role community archives play in raising awareness of these neglected histories in the wider public and challenging collective representations. How such projects can best be supported from both within and outside the mainstream archive sector is also a major theme of this research.

We hope that the blog will provide a forum for a wide discussion of some of the issues arising and we welcome contributions from anyone with an interest in this area - activists, archivists, family historians, researchers - and we're also keen to publicise talks, publications, events etc., so do please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information about the background to the project please visit our UCL pages or contact Andrew Flinn or Mary Stevens.

Mary Stevens.

*Apologies to anyone receiving this email more than once*

Mary Stevens, MA PhD
Research Associate
Community Archives and Identities: Documenting and Sustaining Community Heritage (AHRC project) School of Library, Archive and Information Studies University College London
tel: + 44 (0)20 7679 3232
ext: 33232

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