Archival Discoveries and Discussions

25 February 2021, 14:00 – 17:00

This free, online event features a panel of PhD researchers and a panel of archives professionals discussing their research, collections, and top tips and tricks for working in archives. This symposium is funded by the Midlands4Cities DTP and supported by the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham. 

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. The session aims 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 and if you have any queries, please email

Agenda below:

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

Kathryn Steenson – Archivist: Academic and Public Engagement, Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham

Dr Charlotte May – University of Nottingham and The Workhouse, Southwell

16:50 – 17:00 Closing remarks