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Artist in residence, Bisan Abu-Eisheh

We are delighted to announce that the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and the Foyle Special Collections Library are hosting an artist in residence, Bisan Abu-Eisheh, in early 2017. The residency is supported by Culture and Conflict a not-for-profit agency focussing on art produced in, or in response to, conflict and post-conflict situations across the world.

Please consult Paper’s Archaeology – Bisan’s blog for updates as his residency progresses.

Researching Victorian lives 

Victorian Lives represents our latest project engaging volunteers from the University of the Third Age to research the lives of 19th century staff from King’s College London. They added short biographies to our existing list of staff, including academics, domestic staff and technicians, who represent a fascinating cross-section of Victorian society. King’s College London Archives preserve extensive collections of correspondence, lists of former staff, minute books, College Calendars and other publications, all of which were consulted by the volunteers. The site will initially offer nearly 200 short biographies, and more will be added soon. 

Cicely Saunders cataloguing project

Dame Cicely Saunders founder of the hospice movement at work considering a case file'You matter to the last moment of your life' project catalogued the papers of Dame Cicely Saunders (1918-2005) held at King's College London Archives. 

Thanks to a research resources award from the Wellcome Trust a full-time cataloguer was employed to catalogue the collection of more than 100 boxes of material assembled by this pioneer of the early hospice movement. 

News updates can be found via the Archives of Dame Cicely Saunders blog and via Twitter at Dame CS Archives.

Scrambled messages

Archives & Special Collections participated in the AHRC funded project ‘Scrambled Messages’. This project, jointly led by King’s, the Courtauld and UCL has explored The Telegraphic Imaginary 1857-1900.

Archives & Special Collections enhanced the catalogues of the Charles Wheatstone Archive and Library for interpretation by the project’s researchers. 

Celebrating 50 years of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Staff assembled a blog celebrating the Liddell Hart Centre at 50  between January and April 2014 by selecting 50 items relating to World War One that reflect the richness of our collections. This marked the Centre's 50th birthday as well as commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One. The items have been chosen because they are important, poignant, amusing, thought-provoking, arresting or strange.

Language of Access

The Archives was awarded a grant from the AHRC for the project Language of Access, in partnership with The Royal Institution, The Wellcome Library and the Courtauld Institute. The aim of the project has been to provide training to early career researchers and PhD students, exploring how they can make their research accessible to wider audiences. For further details, visit the Language of Access website.

Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics

King's College London Archives are one of five external partners to have participated in the Wellcome Trust funded digitisation project, Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, which provides access to more than one million digitised images of original archives and books relating to the history of genetics and in particular to the discovery of the DNA double helix during the 1950s.

Key documents from the papers of Professor Maurice Wilkins and Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit archive at King's can now be accessed though the Wellcome Library website. 

Consult the DNA and Social Responsibility blog for deeper insight into the project as it was developed. 

Working with University of the Third Age (U3A) volunteers

The Archives work closely with the U3A to develop volunteer projects. In 'Lest We Forget' , the volunteers compiled detailed biographies of the war dead of King's College London and its merged institutions. In 'Pioneering Nurses' , the volunteers researched the lives of the first registered nurses in Victorian England, drawn from the records in the Royal British Nurses' Association archives held at King's. Most recently volunteers have been investigating original art works in the ADAM International Review collection.

Linking data to make research more visible

The Archives’ have undertaken important JISC-funded projects, ‘Open Metadata Pathway’, ‘Step change’ and ‘Trenches to Triples’, which have facilitated the adoption of Linked Data by archives, libraries and museums across the UK, and which has supported the work of historians preparing to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. This new technology promises to make access to the content of collections more accessible to researchers.

The Open Metadata Pathway and Step change blogs can be viewed at:

The Trenches to Triples project blog can be viewed at:

Using theatre to re-imagine archives 

Lost in the Field of Blackbirds, a production by Spectrum Drama and drawing on the Death of Yugoslavia collection,  explores the conflict in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Available, too, is Yugoslavia - Lost in a Field of Blackbirds teachers' pack, designed to complement National Curriculum Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 teaching in History and Citizenship.

Fighting Your Corner is a video of a training play based on historic sources covering previous conflicts in Afghanistan.

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