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Explore Archives -on the Centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party

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Marx Memorial Library

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Organised by the Marx Memorial Library and the Society for the Study of Labour History marking the centenary of the Communist Party

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The day 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.

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11.00 – 11.20 Registration & refreshments

11.20 – 12.00 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).

12.00 – 13.00 Mapping resources - panel discussion chaired by Janette Martin (John Rylands Library) with contributions from Simon Sheppard (People’s History Museum), Alain Kahan (Working Class Movement Library), Lesley Ruthven (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Meirian Jump (Marx Memorial Library).

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 15.15 Workshops (access to digital resources and originals) led by Marco Humbel (University College London), Simon Sheppard, and Meirian Jump & tour of the MML led by Simon Renton (Marx Memorial Library)

15.15 – 16.00 Archives in action: reflections - panel discussion chaired by Professor Marj Mayo (Goldsmiths, University of London/Marx Memorial Library) with contributions from Dr Ben Harker (University of Manchester), Lydia Syson (author), and Phil Katz (Communist Party).

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.

Capacity will be limited to a maximum of 30 attendees to ensure maximum participant engagement throughout the day.

A limited number of bursaries are available to cover the cost of travel for postgraduate students wishing to attend the Explore Archives Day. Students wishing to apply for a bursary should contact Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager at the Marx Memorial Library at m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk. The deadline for bursary applications is 5pm Monday 2 March 2020. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by Friday 6 March 2020.

Contributors:

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.

Alain Kahan is the former Library Manager at the Working Class Movement Library and currently a WCML volunteer.

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.

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.

Simon Renton is an historian, former lecturer in History at University College London, and long-standing volunteer at the MML.

Marjorie Mayo is Emeritus Professor of Community Development at Goldsmiths, University of London and Vice-Chair of the MML.

Ben Harker is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-century Literature in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

Lydia Syson is an award-winning author of historical and political fiction for young adults.

Phil Katz is the Eastern District Secretary for the Community Party and Project Officer for the Communist Party’s centenary programme.

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