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History Matters - Annual Conference of the Community Archives and Heritage Group

Sarah Garrod and I attended the 6th Annual Conference of the Community Archives and Heritage Group, which was held at University College London on 27th June. The theme of the conference was "History Matters" with a focus on education, learning and young people in both archive and heritage projects. There were a number of inspiring presentations and a lot of points came up that are very relevant to the work of the GPI and especially to the next leg of the schools project which Sarita Mamseri will be running from October 2012.

Brixton Riots 1985

I've just come across a file full of newspaper cuttings about the 1985 Brixton riots (or uprisings?). I moved to Brixton in the early 1990s. I'm ashamed to say I had very little understanding of the recent history of the area when I moved there. The first thing that struck me, when reading these articles, are the similarites and differences to the riots that took place in August last year.

Petronella Breinburg

Today I finished writing a catalogue entry for a file on Petronella Breinburg, who wrote a number of children's books. Her first book, Legends of Suriname, was published by New Beacon in 1971. Subsequently, her series of books about a little boy called Sean, published by Bodley Head, made her more famous. A number of letters in the file refer to the horrendous time she had whilst doing her teaching practice in London schools in the 1970s.

Edward Kamau Brathwaite

Today I've been reading through the last of 9 files relating to the poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite. I started processing these files a few weeks ago. They are so rich that I have been taking my time with them, coming back to them inbetween other work and absorbing as much of the spirit of the files as I can. The main impression that will remain with me is the wonderful warmth and humour of the letters exchanged between EKB and John La Rose/Sarah White.

Beyond the Fringe Conference: Archives of Pressure Groups

This is my first ever attempt at a blog and I feel like I'm back at school, which I'm sure is not the point. Last week Sarah G, Sarah W and I attended the British Records Association Annual Conference - Beyond the Fringe: Archives of Pressure Groups, which was held at the Bishopsgate Institute. I just wanted to share some thoughts about the conference.

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