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Literary Archives Training Day - ARA South East Region

Friday, 28 October 2016 from 10:30 to 15:30 (BST)

Literary Archives Training Day - ARA South East Region

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ARA South East Regional Meeting & Training Day - Literary Archives

Oxford Brookes University 28th October 2016


10:30-10:45    Arrival and refreshments

10:45-11:15    Tour of Oxford Brookes Special Collections

11:15-12:00    Copyright and literary archives, Benjamin White, Head of Intellectual Property, British Library

Benjamin’s talk will look at some of the key issues surrounding copyright in relation to literary collections.             

12:00-12:15    Break

12:15-13:00    Using publishers' archives in teaching, Nicola Wilson, Department of English Literature, University of Reading

This talk will explore some of the ways in which lecturers have been trying to embed archives and special collections into their teaching in English Literature at Reading. It will focus in particular on how they are working to engage students with archives in the Modernist Archive Publishing Project

13:00-13:30    Lunch – not provided, please bring your own

13:30-14:15    The Conan Doyle Collection: cataloguing it and making it accessible, Michael Gunton, Senior Archivist, Library and Archive Service, Portsmouth City Council

When Richard Lancelyn Green died in 2004, he bequeathed his collection of 40,000 documents, 16,000 books and 3,000 objects relating to the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Portsmouth City Council. Michael Gunton has been involved with the collection since that time, as it has been catalogued and as the service has begun to make it accessible to many different audiences. Michael will talk about how they have been doing this, including how they have used volunteers, and the challenges and opportunities presented by the collection.

14:15-15:00    Cataloguing the Kenneth Williams archive, Kathryn Johnson, Curator of Theatrical Archives and Manuscripts, British Library

Kathryn’s talk will focus on cataloguing the personal papers of the actor Kenneth Williams, best-known as the star of the Carry On films, and provide some contrasting detail about the Lord Chamberlain’s Plays collection, which comprises all plays submitted for licensing in the United Kingdom between 1824 and 1968.

15:00-15:30    ARA South East Region Business meeting


Directions and travel information



Talks and the business meeting Executive Meeting Room JHB 128, John Henry Brookes Building. Please meet here for refreshments ahead of the tour. If you arrive late there will be a member of staff in JHB 128 to meet you and direct you to the tour.


By train - it is approximately 45 minutes walk from the station to the university. Bike racks are available on campus. Buses run regularly from the station - the Sapphire 280 bus runs every 20 minutes from Stop R5 and stops outside Brookes University and takes about 20 minutes.

By car - Park & Ride facilities outside the city centre offer regular buses into Oxford. Seacourt and Thornhill run buses into Headington.

Further directions and maps can be found on the University website.

Disabled access - there is disabled access into the building via a slope and lifts to all floors with disabled toilets on the conference room and reading room. If you are a blue badge holder and would like to reserve parking (£2 payable on the day) please contact Eleanor Possart

Lunch and refreshments

Refreshments are provided on arrival and during our morning break. Please bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby - please note lunch is 30 minutes.


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Oxford Brookes University
John Henry Brookes Building
Headington Campus
OX3 0BP Oxford
United Kingdom

Friday, 28 October 2016 from 10:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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