Category Archives: news item

“It was a failure of imagination”: Climate change, archives and material culture

This recent news item entitled, “HOW TO PROTECT RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE RAVAGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE” takes the debate around archives and materiality in another direction by highlighting how archives and manuscripts are at risk from climate change through disasters as well as changing temperatures. Author Sophie Yeo highlights how informal collections and […]

Plath poems identified in carbon paper

An article in The Guardian reports on the work of Gail Crowther and Peter K Steinberg, who identified two previously unknown poems by Sylvia Plath. The poems were on carbon paper found in the back of an old notebook owned by Sylvia Plath. “Written at the start of Plath and Hughes’s relationship in autumn 1956, the two […]

Ending the paper trail

State archives take up a lot of space. Should we digitise the lot, and burn the books? Finland is taking a radical step. An article by Tom Jeffreys first published on 12 May 2016 in The Long+Short. Behind the grand neoclassical facade of the National Archives of Finland in central Helsinki, a strange and controversial scene is playing out. […]

New software helps researchers organize digital photographs

From a new items posted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University: Development is underway for new open source software called Tropy that will ultimately let researchers import photographs, adjust them to ensure they are of adequate quality for their purposes, and attach metadata to those images, using […]

Historic Fairfax photo archive trapped in Arkansas

Historic Fairfax photos trapped in Arkansas. An interesting article recounting how Fairfax Media has lost control of its historical photo archive after the US-based company contracted to digitise the photos went into receivership leaving no clear indication as to where the photos are or if they can be retrieved. From the article: “‘I’ve seen this […]

New National Library of Australia Fellowships

Applications for the 2016 National Library of Australia Fellowships are now open. Closing date 17 May 2015. These Fellowships are open to Australian and international researchers and established and emerging scholars.  The Fellowships support researchers to make intensive use of the Library’s rich and varied collections. Six funded Fellowships will be offered in 2016. Additional Honorary Fellowships […]

Future Feminist Archive

An initiative of  Contemporary Art and Feminism (CAF) Future Feminist Archive is a year-long project across the State of New South Wales, Australia, in which artists will engage with archives and collections of all kinds to create exhibitions, workshops, performances and publishing outcomes. The project will forge connections between diverse community histories and current ideas relating to feminism in response […]