Upcoming Events

The Shock of the Record: Archives and Truth

A new webinar series

In partnership with the Institute of Historic Research, the British Records Association’s Archives Advocacy Group is holding a series of free online webinars throughout 2021 and 2022.

The first webinar ‘Why Archives Matter’ took place on the 18th March 2021 at 5PM GMT. The panel included:

Professor Sir Richard Evans ,  former Regius Professor of History, Cambridge University

David Ferriero,  Archivist of the United States

Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE,  columnist for The Times and the Jewish Chronicle, long-term policy adviser to government, and member of the House of Lords.

Alice Prochaska of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History and official historian of the BBC will co-chair the session which will be moderated by Professor Jane Winters of the School of Advanced Study. The webinar can now be viewed on YouTube.

On 17 June 2021 at 5.30PM GMT the second webinar, ‘Who creates the record and why? Evidence under attack’  examined just who creates records and why. The panel included;

Dr Andrew Flinn, University College London’s Director of the Archives and Records Management MA programme,

Laura Millar, independent consultant and scholar in records, archives, and information management,

Anthea Seles, Secretary General of the International Council on Archives.

The Bodleian Library’s Richard Ovenden chaired and Professor Jo Fox, Dean of the School of Advanced Studies, University of London moderated. This webinar can now be viewed on YouTube.

On 11 November 2021 the third webinar, ‘Truth and Trust’ will look at information survival under oppressive regimes with:

Dr Iyra Buenrostro-Cabbab from the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines talking about the use of photography and oral testimony in researching experiences of former political prisoners.

Stanley H Griffin, Archivist, cultural analyst and historian from the University of the West Indies will discuss colonial archives and archives of Rastafari.

Dr Susan Stuart formerly of the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow will join the panel.

Three more insightful webinars are planned for 2022. They will be delivered on Zoom and are free to attend but must be booked via the Institute of Historical Research’s website.