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Katie Meheux at the UCL Festival of the Arts

Publication date: Apr 9, 2013 9:37:15 PM

Start: May 8, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 8, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Katie Meheux

Katie Meheux (Deputy Librarian, Institute of Archaeology Library) will give a special lecture as part of the UCL Festival of the Arts at the Institute on 8 May.

Katie's presentation is entitled '28/30. Good’ - Accessing Gordon Childe and the Institute of Archaeology Through Student Records: Archives, Memory & Nostalgia’ and all are welcome.

The UCL Festival of the Arts which takes place between 7-17 May 2013 is dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of the work which takes place across the UCL Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

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Abstract

In 2010/2011, two archives of students’ work dating to the 1950s were donated to the UCL Institute of Archaeology, containing registration papers, fees’ receipts, examination questions, lecture notes and marked assignments, as well as personal correspondence and other documents. Materials preserved allow us to see how academics in the Institute collaborated with one another in day-to-day teaching, transmitting and sharing ideas with their students.

Archives are perceived as valuable because of their ‘first hand’ biographical content, in which the conscious self-presentation found in autobiographies and research papers is muted and counter-balanced. These archives also bear witness at second hand to the lives and activities of the archaeological community of the Institute, particularly the influence of the famous former Director, Professor Vere Gordon Childe. This process of bearing witness is both contemporary and in the case of the Lewis Archive, reflective and retrospective, allowing us to see how memory and nostalgia act to preserve, transmit and distort ideas about past lives.