Paper Trails










We are delighted to announce the programme and open registration for our academic workshop, Paper Trails which will take place on the 19th June 2017. The academic workshop will be followed by 2 days of schools workshops, to be held at UCL in conjunction with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre. This event is being organised in partnership with UCL Special Collections and Archives Service, who have provided invaluable support and access to some of the wonderful items held at UCL.

Our academic workshop will involve 8 papers looking at materials, serendipity and the social life of archives from researchers in a number of disciplines. The workshop will culminate in a discussion led by Professor Margot Finn (President of the Royal Historical Society) focussing on the themes of the day and exploring the paper trail of a document uncovered during undergraduate teaching at UCL.

You can register to attend the Conference here: LINK

You can find a link to the original Call for Papers here: LINK

If you have any questions about the event whatsoever, then please contact the organisers Andrew Smith (@smidbob and Will Pooley (@willpooley

At present, the workshop is scheduled to take place in the Garwood Lecture Theatre, South Wing (First Floor, Room 109) at UCL. This should be accessible for wheelchair access via Wilkins Building South Cloisters through Wilkins (South Junction Stair – Stair A), use lift to first floor and enter South Wing first corridor. You can find a map to the location here: This room is designed for 48 people; if there is greater demand, we can investigate booking a larger room to accommodate.


University College London, 19th June 2017

09:00                Registration and Refreshments

10:00                 Welcome – Andrew Smith & Will Pooley

10.15                 Session 1 (20 minute papers, 35 min Q&A)

Ian Stewart (LSE), In defence of antiquarianism: reflections on some long-lost letters

Helen Brookman (KCL), Perhaps Miss Jessie is not an expert in these matters’: Arthurian arguments in the margins of Jessie Weston’s The Legend of Sir Lancelot

11:30                 Session 2 (20 minute papers, 35 min Q&A)

Rebecca Whiting (Glasgow), Archives in Conflict and Conflict over Archives

Maryanne Dever (University of Technology Sydney), Paper’s Intimate Affects

12.45                 Lunch (45 mins)

13:30                 Session 3 (20 minute papers, 35 min Q&A)

Andrew Smith (UCL/Chichester) & Chris Jeppesen (UCL), Midnight Crime & Music Hall: Unravelling Edwardian Bloomsbury’s Global Histories

Itay Lotem (Westminster), Getting into the head of the far-right: between interviews and loose paper trails

14:45                 Comfort Break (15 mins)

15:00                 Session 4 (20 minute papers, 35 min Q&A)

Alice Stevenson (UCL), Ancient artefacts and human lives in the archives

Martyn Barber (Historic England), Unpublished, unwritten, abandoned… The ‘lost’ books of OGS Crawford

16:15                 Keynote Commentary and Discussion (45 mins):

Margot Finn (UCL), Captain Cook’s Notebooks

17:00                 Close



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