Community archives, preservation and practice

Webb, Sharon (2018) Community archives, preservation and practice. In: DH2018, 26-29 June 2018, Mexico City.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: community archives, Brighton (UK), digital preservation, archives, communities, LGBTQ history, queer history
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Depositing User: Sharon Webb
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 13:18
Last Modified: 06 May 2021 14:19
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