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Public Engagement in Libraries, Special Collections and Archives [TG3/Collections]


1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Friends House
173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

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Libraries, Special Collections and Archives all work in a variety of ways to engage with their users and the wider public with their collections and archives.

At this event we will look at how Libraries, Special Collections and Archives have engaged with their users through special projects or helping to make the archives more accessible to a wider audience.

Speakers will give a brief background about how they received the archive or got the project off the ground. They will also discuss the challenges involved in this work and if there is a difference between working with students and general public in how events are marketed. Speakers will also explain whether public engagement is through events, talks or exhibitions.


13:30 -13.55

Welcome and introduction to the event

‘Community engagement through shared reading’
Wendy Morris & Alison Baverstock, Kingston University
A talk about shared reading projects at Kingston University, including the KU Big Read and a breakfast reading group at a local homeless hostel.

14:40 – 15.00
Refreshment break

15:00- 15.40
‘Outreach and engagement to encourage and enhance access to archives in prison and the wider community.’

Suzanne Rose, University of Sussex
A talk about Beyond Boxes and the Mass Observation Archive, which is part of the University of Sussex Special Collections and based at The Keep.


Friends House

£90 for members
£135 for other institutions

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

To book a place please use our online booking form.

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