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New Home for LGBT Archive

An interesting article appeared in the November edition of CILIP Update, the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). The magazine has reported on how the recently refurbished Manchester Central Library and Archive will become the new home for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) Archive.

The LGF Archive represents one of the most significant archival collections on gay and lesbian issues and the LGF has joined forces with the Archives+ Centre located within the Manchester Central Library to help preserve and make accessible this important collection. The LGH recognised the importance of this Archive in terms of preserving the records of the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) rights and the changing societal attitudes and the link with the Archives+ Centre will hopefully enable much of this material to become accessible.

The Archive itself contains a broad range of materials. In addition to a large collection of local and national magazines, focused towards the LGBT audience, the collection contains a range of historical materials including a number of reports and documents on issues including culture, health and events.

Further information is available as follows:

Manchester City Council – The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s archives to go on show at Manchester Central Library

Manchester Archives – LGBT Source Guide

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation – http://www.lgf.org.uk/


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As part of our ongoing work with the archives of the Refugee Council Archive here at the University of East London, we are aware of the importance of archives to charitable organisations, leading to our involvement with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives. It was therefore of great interest to read the recent NCVO blog posting by Georgina Brewis, (Institute of Education), discussing a recently funded British Academy Project entitled, “Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare”, which has the aim of digitising a selection of charity based records which will aim to tell the story of the voluntary’ sectors engagement with the provision of welfare assistance during the 1940’s.

As defined on the British Academy website, the aim of this project is too:

“This collaborative, interdisciplinary project will digitise and make available key documents that will enhance understanding of the role of voluntary organisations in our mixed economy of welfare. Restructuring of welfare provision in the 1940s led to intense debate about the future of the voluntary social services. By identifying and digitising core documents arising out of this debate, the project will create a unique public resource of benefit to social science, practitioner and policy maker audiences that will facilitate critical reflection on major post-war social policy changes. If such change were happening today these documents would be readily available on the web. “ (Reference: www.britac.ac.uk/arp/digitising-mixed-economy.cfm).

Within the blog posting, entitled, “Eight reasons charities should be interested in their archives”, Dr. Brewis focused on the importance of archives and heritage to charitable organisations and highlights eight factors which charitable organisations should consider in relation to the archives. These include the importance of charitable and voluntary sector archives for helping to demonstrate the long term impact of an organisation whilst highlighting the organisation’s commitment to a particular issue, group or community over time. Charitable archives can also be seem to have an impact in informing the organisations ongoing work whilst placing in context the work of the organisation undertaken in the past. Archives of charities and voluntary organisations can also be utilised to highlight the importance of the voluntary sector in general to a wider audience, and as Dr. Brewis argues,

“The archives of UK voluntary organisations are of great significance for social, political and cultural history; they can enhance knowledge and understanding of British society and relations with the wider world.” Reference: G. Brewis, Eight reasons charities should be interested in their archives.

Full details of the project can be found by accessing the links below:

Blog Posting by Dr. Georgina Brewis – Eight reasons charities should be interested in their archives.

British Academy Website, Project Details – Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare.

NCVO Blog – NCVO reminds charities of the importance of historical archives.

Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives.

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We thought you might like to know that PrestoCentre has published new training material for archives called: “Preservation Case Studies for Archives”. The Case Studies have been written by Jim Lindner and Mick Newnham.

Preservation Case Studies for Archives is a new, innovative educational experience. It places the archival student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution.

For more information see www.prestocentre.org/casestudies

PrestoCentre Foundation

PO Box 1060
1200 BB Hilversum
The Netherlands

Tel. +31 20 894 3570 / +1 347 404 5337
Skype: PrestoCentre
Website: http://www.prestocentre.org

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Royal Voluntary Service is pleased to announce that it has updated its online catalogue, extending the index of our WVS Narrative Reports (inscribed on the UNESCO UK memory of the World register) up to the year 1955.

This represents, 5,851 new entries which cover c.25,000 individual reports from around the UK.

The catalogue, launched in January this year, already contained entries for 5,000 images (including over 1,000 preview images) and 80,000 of our Narrative reports from 1938-1945.

This is part of a two year £52K cataloguing project funded by Royal Voluntary Service (due to reach completion in March 2014) which hopes to catalogue and repackage all of our reports up to 1965. It is part of our ongoing development programme to grant greater access to our nationally and internationally important collection.

You can access the catalogue via our website, by visiting www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/our-history and clicking on the catalogue link in the menu.

You can obtain copies of any of our Narrative Reports by making an enquiry through our free enquiry service, details of which you can find in the ‘our History’ section of our website.


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We are delighted to announce the launch of the online catalogue of the British Red Cross Museum and Archives. The collection provides a fascinating insight into our humanitarian work from our beginnings in 1870 as the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War, to our continuing vital contribution in today’s society. 



New catalogue entries will be added at regular intervals but please could you let your readers know that this resource is now available.


For access to the catalogue or for more general information about the Museum and Archives including our research services, historical factsheets and online exhibitions please visit the following site:



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Voices and the Archive: Oral History Research and Researchers

20 November 2013, London

The trend to re-use qualitative data in the social sciences is now well-established though the use of oral history archives is less widespread. As part of the NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Life and Linked Approaches) programme, based at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, we have been using different narrative archival sources, such as diaries and oral history, to study the habitual, everyday food practices of families in hard times.

This one day seminar about using oral history data forms part of the Novella project. Through a series of presentations and audience-led discussion the seminar will examine the issues raised by the creation and use of oral history archives in social science research, from the perspectives of academics, archivists and community oral historians. Questions to be addressed include: who are the creators and users of oral history? How is oral history used by social scientists, historians, archivists and community oral historians? What makes oral history sources different from other qualitative data and what challenges does the creation and use of oral history raise? Speakers include Paul Thompson, Joanna Bornat, Graham Smith, and Jane Renouf and will be chaired by Lord Clark of Windermere. The event will be of relevance to researchers and archivists interested in creating and using oral history archives for social scientific research.

‘Voices and the Archive’ (10.30 am 4.30 pm) will be held in Central London, with registration from 10 am. The cost of attendance includes refreshments on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

‘Voices and the Archive’ is hosted by NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) in collaboration with the UK Data Service. NOVELLA is an ESRC funded, National Centre for Research Methods Phase III node concerned with the everyday habitual practices of families.

To book a place on this event please visit our online store.


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Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) yesterday passed a motion condemning the UN system for failing “to prevent the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi despite having received reports to that effect.”

The motion, moved by MP Abubakar Zein Abubakar [Kenya], also declared the Assembly’s support for “the decision of the Council of Ministers to ensure that all the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR ) be transferred to Rwanda.”

While addressing the lawmakers on Tuesday, President Paul Kagame, called for deepening of regional integration across Africa to boost the continent’s ability to stand for its rights.

Yesterday’s sitting was the actual plenary business for the fifth meeting of the first session of the third Assembly that runs from Tuesday until April 26 in Kigali.

The motion was seconded by MP Abubakar Ogle [Kenya], before it got the House’s unanimous approval.

Apart from expressing profound disappointment with the failure of the UN to prevent the Genocide, EALA declared “its solidarity with the people and Government of Rwanda especially now when they are commemorating the 1994 Genocide.

The Assembly appreciates the resilience of the people and Government of the Republic of Rwanda in copying with the legacy of Genocide on their own for the last 19 years, the legislators said in a statement.

The resolution demands the Council of Ministers to designate April 7 of every year as the EAC Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi.

It calls on EAC Partner States to commemorate the Genocide; and act in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of genocide by putting in place necessary mechanisms to track and bring Genocide fugitives to justice.

In addition, it calls on the EAC to enact laws punishing and negating the crime of genocide denial and propagating hate speeches embodying genocide ideology.

The resolution calls upon the EAC Summit (of Heads of State) to urge the UN to adopt a Resolution establishing an International Trust Fund for Survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi and that the EAC do organise a Regional Conference to address the issues of Genocide as part of the 20th commemoration of the Genocide, next year.

via allAfrica.com: Rwanda: EALA Backs Rwanda’s Quest for ICTR Archives (Page 1 of 2).

via allAfrica.com: Rwanda: EALA Backs Rwanda’s Quest for ICTR Archives (Page 1 of 2).

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