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The Matter of the Archive before 1700

Network Development Fund

The Matter of the Archive before 1700

  • Room 114 Keynes Library Birkbeck, University of London 43 Gordon Square London

The Matter of the Archive before 1700
21 April 2016, 10ish - 17:00ish
Birkbeck, University of London
Keynes Library
(Room 114, in 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London)

Map ; Nearest Tube: Euston Station or Russell Square; also close; Euston Square or Kings Cross

Programme for our study day ‘The Matter of the Archive before 1700’.

We intend to have a very loosely structured day, with lots of opportunities to meet each other, talk about research, and begin conversations. We are keen to share knowledge and practice, as well as open up broad areas for discussion and research network development across institutions and disciplines. We also see this day as an opportunity to identify and develop relationships with archives, repositories, and libraries which can become partners in both training and research activities.

There is room for about a dozen further participants to attend. If any colleagues, including doctoral students, would like to participate, please get in touch:

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30 Welcome, introductions

  • Informal presentations: 15 min each, questions & discussion afterwards

11:00 Objects

  • Leah Clark (OU) The Inventory as Object: Account Books from the Court of Ferrara
  • Sue Wiseman (BBK) An object and its textual history

11:45 Intermediality

  • Helen Gittos (Kent) Medieval liturgy and architecture
  • Caroline Goodson (BBK) Early medieval charters and their material worlds

13:00 Lunch - sandwiches and chat

14:00 Senses

  • Peg Katritzky (OU) Early modern album amicorum illustrations of theatrical interest through German and other European and British archives.

14:30 Formation and use

  • Filippo De Vivo (BBK) AR.C.H.I.ves project, on the history of archives in late medieval and early modern Italy  
  • Anthony Bale (BBK) Pilgrim libraries
  • A look at other things afoot in CHASE: Ryan Perry and Catherine Richardson (Kent) on Material Witness.

15:15: The future of Archive studies -- Open Discussion