Archival Discoveries and Discussions

Date / time: 25 February, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Archival Discoveries and Discussions

The Archival Discoveries and Discussions workshop team are excited to announce our free afternoon workshop, which will be held on Zoom. Sign up via Eventbrite here:

This interdisciplinary workshop, aimed at PGRs and ECRs, will provide an insight into archival research, and generate conversation with invited PhD researchers and a panel of archival experts. We feel this workshop is particularly timely due to the upheaval currently being felt by academics worldwide when it comes to research.

Therefore, we aim to cover a range of topics, including contributor’s experiences working with collections, the current state of archives, and panellist’s top tips for undertaking archival research. Speakers will cover topics including women’s history, Black history, local history, and genealogy. There will be plenty of time within sessions for extensive discussion.

All welcome, prior registration required via the Eventbrite link. If you have any queries, please email

Archival Discoveries and Discussions – 25 February 2021, 14:00 – 17:00

14:00 – 14:30 Introductions and Housekeeping‘

Approaching archives and thinking critically within and about archival spaces’Amy Wilcockson (University of Nottingham,
Co-Organiser)Ellen Smith (University of Leicester,
Co-organiser)Charlotte Johnson (University of Birmingham, Co-organiser)

14:30 – 15:30 Session 1: PGR Perspectives

Jessica Cretney – The Concentration Camp, Spatial Experience and Architectural Modernism, 1933-1945 (De Montfort University)
Annabelle Gilmore – Slavery and Empire on Display at Charlecote Park (University of Birmingham)
Rebecca Hickman – Gender-nonconformity and the quest for ‘recognition’ in the United Kingdom, from the 1970s to the present day (University of Nottingham)
Keisha Bruce – Black Women & the Curation of Digital Diasporic Intimacy (University of Nottingham)

15:30 – 15:50 Break

15:50 – 16:50 Session 2: Professional Perspectives

Arike Oke – Managing Director, Black Cultural Archives
Ella Ravilious – Curator: Documentation and Digitisation, V&A Museum
Dr Charlotte May – University of Nottingham and The Workhouse, Southwell

16:50 – 17:00 Closing remarks

This CDF has been generously funded by Midlands4Cities DTP.