This course aims to give students archive research skills via training and visits to sites such as the Mass Observation Archive Home (massobs.org.uk) (Sussex), Home - The Keep (Sussex County Archive), Black Cultural Archives (Brixton) and National Archive The National Archives, Kew | The National Archives (Kew).
- Students will choose a topic to research and set a research question with the instructor on a theme related to colonisation/decolonisation.
- The instructor and archive staff will offer training in archival research. Named archives are close enough to allow repeated visits
- Focus on bottom up history, experiences of ordinary people in C19th and C20th
- Students must also interrogate the history, construction, access to the archives they are working in to create a read of their unspoken ideology
- They will consider the implications of the increasing importance of digital/digitised archives
- Finally, students create their own small digital archive from the sources they gather for their research topic: online sources, primary sources, scholarly sources, databases, blogs, etc. They must provide commentary on this process, to demonstrate their awareness of archival politics
- Overall intention that students will become more conscious of their role as aware, active historians/citizens
Please Note that this course is being offered only at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) based at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England.