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Community archives, preservation and practice

posted on 2023-06-09, 19:48 authored by Sharon WebbSharon Webb
This paper uses Brighton, as a case study, to provide important examples of how communities generate and reinforce identity through archival practices. Projects like BrightonOurStory (a now-defunct physical archive), Queer in Brighton (Oral histories, LGBTQ History Club), Into the Outside (Photographic exhibitions), Brighton Transformed (Oral Histories) create memory and meaning through work that captures and records a specific community memory. This presentation considers the tension between these community-driven endeavours and their capacity to support projects in the long-term, especially with regards to digital preservation. It uses the loss of the BrightonOurStory Archive (1989-2013) as a reminder of our responsibilities as researchers to these archival projects, and to think further about ‘community requirements [in] the digital age’. Part of 'Critical Theory + Empirical Practice: “The Archive” As Bridge' panel with Dr. James William Baker, Dr. Ben Jackson, Prof. David Berry and Dr. Rebecca Wright.


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Mexico City

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26-29 June 2018

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