As part of the Explore Your Archive Campaign 2015, we are pleased to announce:
UEL Archives and Special Collections Open Day
When: Wednesday, 18th November 2015.
11am – 6pm
Where: University of East London Docklands Campus
Library Archive: Room DL.G.02
Are you interested in archives, history or maybe looking for an idea for a research project? Are you a student or member of staff at UEL and curious to see what the UEL Archives contain? If you fall into any of these categories, you might be interested in attending our Archives Open Day.
As part of the Explore Your Archive 2015, a joint campaign by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association, the UEL Archives will be running a free Archives Open day on Wednesday 18th 2015 between 11am and 6pm. This will be an informal event with no formal programme where you are welcome to drop-in at any time during the day to explore our Archives and talk to members of staff.
We would very much like the opportunity to welcome you to a showcase of material from our unique and diverse archival collections and we are also very keen to use this day to discuss how our archival collections can be best utilised to encourage greater usage and accessibility beyond the confirms of academia and out into the wider world. We are very keen to make the Archives more interactive and engaging and we are hoping to make a start on this through civic engagement and outreach projects.
The Open Day will:
- Showcase material from the Archive Collections at UEL, including the British Olympic Association Archive; Refugee Council Archive, the Hackney Empire Theatre Archive and the East London People’s Archive developed by Eastside Community Heritage.
- Encourage both staff and students at UEL and external researchers to come drop-in anytime during the day to have a look at our archives and chat to members of staff.
- To promote the UEL Archive collections to a wider audience beyond academia and to try and encourage new outreach and partnership opportunities.
- Include a small display on the 1948 London Olympic Games.
- Provide an opportunity to discuss current civic engagement projects and plans for the future.
This is a free event and there are no charges associated with attending. Due to the limited size of the Archive Room, places are limited for the afternoon sessions, so if you are interested, please make a booking here: http://uelarchivesopenday.eventbrite.co.uk
Details of how to find the UEL Docklands Campus can be found here: http://www.uel.ac.uk/about/finding-us
Background Information on the UEL Archives
The University of East London is currently the home of several important archival collections including the British Olympic Association Archive and Library; the Hackney Empire Theatre Archive; the Eastside Community Heritage oral history collection and the Refugee Council Archive.
Further details on all of these collections can be found on our website at: https://uelarchivesportal.wordpress.com/our-archives/
Please do contact us with any questions or feedback that you may have, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Paul Dudman, Archivist, in conjunction with the Library and Learning Services at the University of East London.