UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lecture: ‘Untangling myself from the file’: human-centred recordkeeping
14 November 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
This lecture by Dr Elizabeth Shepherd and Dr Victoria Hoyle explores how care leavers' experiences might inform human-centred and participatory approaches to recordkeeping.
Darwin Lecture Theatre044: Darwin BuildingGower StreetLondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
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About the lecture:
Records and archives give families and individuals access to shared histories and values. Many people who grew up in care have gaps in their memories and questions about their own lives. In the absence of family records they make ‘subject access requests’ to local authorities and charities for answers. Organisational records contain their personal histories. MIRRA (Memory, Identity, Rights in Records, Access) research project is co-produced with care leavers, exploring information rights and responsibilities in social care records. This paper explores how care leavers' experiences might inform human-centred and participatory approaches to recordkeeping.
About the Speakers
Dr Elizabeth Shepherd
Professor of Archives and Records Management at Department of Information Studies at UCL
Dr Elizabeth Shepherd has been Professor of Archives and Records Management in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL) since 2011. Her research interests are in rights in records, links between records management and information policy compliance, and government administrative data, including the UK Research Council-funded project, MIRRA (http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/mirra/ ). She is researching the life and work of pioneering women archivists in early 20th Century England, and is author of the monograph, Archives and archivists in 20th century England (Ashgate, 2009). See https://www.ucl.ac.uk/information-studies/elizabeth-shepherd.
Dr Victoria Hoyle
Research Associate at Department of Information Studies at UCL
Victoria Hoyle is a Research Associate in the Department of Information Studies. Since 2017 she has been working on MIRRA: Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access, an AHRC-funded project in partnership with The Care Leavers’ Association. Her research interests include information rights, transitional justice and reparation and the social, emotional and personal dimensions of recordkeeping. She received her PhD in History from the University of York in 2019.