• The Power of Collaboration

    Recently, when conversing with a long-time archivist, I learned that up until the late 1990s and early 2000s, archives were seen as a source of knowledge created by historians, for historians. It’s not a coincidence, then, that conversations I’ve had with other researchers has had a recurring theme: the questionable accessibility of historical records. When…

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  • The Aim of Decolonisation

    People often think that the most interesting historical narratives originate from the ‘richest’ of archival sources – those which answer our inquiries and seemingly tell an entire story. Yet our exploration into figures who forged London’s older global links challenges this position.

  • Detectives in an English Stately Home

    Upon being invited to Boughton House by the Buccleuch archivist Crispin Powell, we saw first-hand the reality of the prodigious physical spaces that Ignatius Sancho would have occupied and known. Much of the evidence we had encountered so far was through various digital sources and a recent edition of Vincent Caretta’s letters. Yet, all this…

  • The Research Process

    Teaming up with just one magnifying glass put us in good stead to locate several missing locations and some unsuspected finds. An early success of the day was locating a digitised document displaying the payment of an apprenticeship