Information Studies


Liz Bruchet

I am Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA in Archives & Records Management programme in the Department of Information Studies, UCL. I am also an independent archive curator and oral historian with a research focus on the curation of archival resources, particularly in relation to visual arts organisations.

My AHRC-funded PhD in Archival Studies from the University of Brighton (2019) examined the tangled interconnections between archives and curatorial practices, and provided a structural modelling for understanding the wide-ranging conceptualisations of archives and ‘the archive’ in curatorial discourse. I also completed an MA in Curatorial Studies (UBC, Canada, 2004) where my research focused on the artistic tensions that emerged when street art was brought into museum spaces in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Between 2017-2020, I was Archive Curator at the Slade School of Fine Art, working on the Slade Archive Project for which I developed and managed a range of collaborative research, digitisation, cataloguing and exhibition projects; I continue to conduct research as part of the Transnational Slade project. I have led oral history projects for institutions such as the Association for Art History and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and have enjoyed teaching research methodology at a number of arts institutions in the UK.

Research Interests

  • Archives and curation, and their practical and theoretical interconnections
  • Institutional histories and documentation of visual arts and heritage organisations
  • Transnational and interdisciplinary histories of the Slade School of Fine Art
  • Notions of risk and vulnerability in the curation of archives
  • Oral history as research method and resource in the arts
  • Biographies of archives, ‘orphan’, unofficial and hybrid museum and archival records and artefacts, and the understanding of these for curatorial practice

Email: l.bruchet@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: 020 7679 7204 (UCL Extension: 37204)

Departmental Address: Room G19a Foster Court
University College London | Gower Street | WC1E 6BT