Reflections

  • 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.

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  • 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

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