Information Studies


Unlocking Narratives: The Roots of Decolonising Work in UK Libraries and Archives

Please join UCL Department of Information Studies and Open Aspirations on Wednesday June 8th at 5.30pm for “Unlocking Narratives: The Roots of Decolonising Work in UK Libraries and Archives,” a free online event designed to interrogate the roots of decolonising work in our field.

This event takes the history of recent decolonising work as its central focus, asking whether librarians and archivists can have a conversation about the significance of current and future decolonising work in UK libraries and archives, including through exploring the roots of this work within the history of (especially Black-led) British social and educational movements.

Bringing together a panel of emerging and more established speakers, the event will help us to explore the connections between archival and library work in this area, highlight new voices in our sectors; and, together, think about a long legacy of resistance and resilience within British Black communities that inspired powerful student-led initiatives, such as Why Is My Curriculum White (2014), Rhodes Must Fall (2015) and Young Historians Project (2015).


  • Rebecca Adams (London Metropolitan Archives)
    • Presentation Title: Decolonising the Archive: Decolonising while we work
  • Shanique Thompson (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    • Presentation Title: Contextual reframe through Black led curation
  • Panellists
    • Marilyn Clarke (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    • Hannah Ishmael (Black Cultural Archives/UCL)


  • Mary Blomley (University of West London)
  • Sae Matsuno, (Iniva / UCL)

All welcome- we look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Wed, June 8th, 5.3pm-7.30pm
  • Location: Online, Zoom link to follow
  • Priority Booking: We are prioritising bookings from students and BAME/people of colour until Wednesday 25th May. If you are not a student or BAME/person of colour, please do not book a ticket until that date.
  • Sign Up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unlocking-narratives-tickets-328857901837