Seeing, Touching and Experiencing Archives: An arts and humanities training day for doctoral students – 14th March 2017

14th March 9.30-6.30pm

LSE PhD Academy, Lionel Robbins Building

4th Floor, 10 Portugal Street

London, WC2A 2HD

This one day event is being hosted by the London Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership to mark the entry of the LSE into the consortium.  Based at the LSE’s new PhD Academy, this study day for PhD students will focus on the Women’s Library Collection at the LSE which is the oldest and most extensive collection of women’s history in Europe, and a key part of the UK’s national heritage.   The particular focus of the day will be on methodological issues around touching, listening to, and seeing artefacts associated with struggles for equality.  The organisers expect the event to be of interest to LAHP students interested in gender, sexuality, political struggle and archival research. Places are free and limited to AHRC funded and LSE PhD students so early booking is advised.

Speakers at the workshop will include:

Beverley Cook, Curator of social and working history, Museum of London

Professor Mary Evans,  Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute, LSE

Gillian Murphy, Archivist Women’s Library LSE

Dr Rob Perks, Lead Curator, Oral History & Director of National Life Stories, British Library

Professor Jeffrey Weeks, Research Professor and gay activist at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University


9.30am Coffee and registration – Professor Clare Pettitt, Director of LAHP, Professor Linda Mulcahy, Director of the LSE PhD Academy

10am About the Women’s Library – Gillian Murphy, Archivist Women’s Library LSE

10.30am Irritations with the Past: Problems with Subjectivity – Professor Mary Evans,  LSE

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Dolls, corsets, banners and bombs: a unique research experience – Beverley Cook, Curator, Social & Working History, Museum of London

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Listening to history: the challenges of using sound archives and memory as historical sources – Dr Rob Perks, Lead Curator, Oral History & Director, National Life Stories, British Library

15.00 Engaging with archival photos – Penny Tinkler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Manchester

16.00 Coffee & Tea break

16.30 Panel Discussion: PhD students in the archive

17.00-18.30 – Drinks reception

Please book your ticket on Eventbrite by 27th February.

This event is only open to AHRC-LAHP funded students and LSE Arts & Humanities PhD students.

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