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SSLH Explore Archives Sessions (Online)

16 October 2020


This event has been funded by the Society for the Study of Labour History and is being held to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party.

The session is targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students, Communist Party history enthusiasts, archivists and other heritage professionals.

We anticipate a number of outcomes from the session, including developing the archival research skills of attendees, mapping and promoting existing Communist Party archive resources, and enthusing early career academics and heritage professionals on labour history.


11.00 – 11.10 Introduction

11.20 – 11.50 The History of the Communist Party and its archives - Professor Mary Davis (Royal Holloway, University of London/Marx Memorial Library), Dr Andrew Flinn (University College London).

11.50 – 12.50 Mapping resources - panel discussion chaired by Janette Martin (John Rylands Library) with contributions from Simon Sheppard (People’s History Museum), Lesley Ruthven (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Meirian Jump (Marx Memorial Library).

13.00 – 13.30 Break.

13.30 – 14.15 Digital resources workshop led by Marco Humbel (University College London).

14.15 – 14.30 Wrap up.

If you are interested in attending, please register for a ticket through our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-archives-on-the-centenary-of-the-foundation-of-the-communist-party-tickets-119073687605.

Mary Davis is Visiting Professor of Labour History at Royal Holloway University of London and Secretary of the MML. She has written, broadcast and lectured widely on women’s history, labour history, imperialism and racism.

Andrew Flinn is Reader in Archival Studies & Oral History, Departmental Director of Research, and Deputy Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts & Humanities at University College London. Janette Martin is Archivist, Curator & Reader Engagement Manager at the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

Simon Sheppard is the Archive Manager for the Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

Lesley Ruthven is the Special Collections & Archives Manager in the central university library at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Meirian Jump is the Archivist & Library Manager at the Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School, London.

Marco Humbel is a PhD student in the Department for Information Studies at University College London. His doctoral theses explores OpenGLAM in the context of small- and independent heritage organizations through Participatory Action Research.

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