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
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Mary Stevens, MA PhD
Community Archives and Identities: Documenting and Sustaining Community Heritage (AHRC project) School of Library, Archive and Information Studies University College London
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