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What?! How can there be so much? Well...when you love what you're doing...
Common Roots 2017: The Evening Interview. Hylda Sims CLICK HERE
Join in the songs. Enjoy the poetry. Say hello to a remarkable person. The first in a new series of Audiences with people who have been touched by alternative/democratic/progressive education. Meet Hylda Sims, love child of market traders, a teacher, tutor and single parent, member of the City Ramblers skiffle band which performed in Moscow in 1957 - and more.
Archival Not-So Pleasures: Not before lunch, please CLICK HERE
Over the last couple of years, the emphasis in this series has been to share the delights and pleasures of being an archivist, especially when blessed with such a beautiful part of the country to ply one's trade in. In this post, we head off in a darker direction.
Picturing "The Future and Progressive Education": the Common Roots conference 2017 CLICK HERE
"a remarkable line-up... an uplifting, much needed conference..." (Michael Fielding, Emeritus Professor of Education, University College London). Get a glimpse of what he was referring to, here.
Archival Pleasures: Opening the morning post, and a life flows out CLICK HERE
As an archivist, how can it get better?
Most of the people who have given themselves to therapeutic child care are unknown beyond a small circle, and unless you have had a special experience, or are an Art Therapist or academic with an interest in Art and Occupational Therapy, you are unlikely to have heard of Elizabeth Wills. Meet her now: Photographs, Texts, Recordings. Give yourself a treat.
Artist Jonathan Adamson and the new Kaki Tree Sculpture CLICK HERE
It began with the planting of the Kaki Tree, the child of a Japanese persimmon tree which survived the atomic bomb explosion over Nagasaki in 1945. It grew during this year's Wennington Archive Weekend with a new sculpture. It will continue to grow, as Jonathan continues to develop and realise his vision for this "superb site".
In this post, Assistant Archivist Jen Galloway interviews Jonathan about the background to the new sculpture, about its conceptualisation and fabrication, about the responses people have had to it so far, and about his own second thoughts. Fascinating.
Carolyn Mears, "Experiences of Columbine Parents: Finding a Way to Tomorrow", PhD 2005 CLICK HERE
PETT Fellow Carolyn Mears' ground-breaking and award-winning PhD, developing an approach to oral history to help work through the experience of being a parent of a child caught up in the high school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 - and by extension, the traumatic experiences in natural disasters and man-made devastations that are everywhere in the news around us as we go to press. Worth absorbing.
Archive Weekend: Wennington: 2017 CLICK HERE
Six days long this time, and always an adventure, the Wennington Archive Weekend is several weeks in the preparation, and a week or two in the decompression. With a 24 hour conference built into the middle, it was an even more lively long weekend than usual. Check it out.
Most popular downloads of 2017 (so far) CLICK HERE
Of the 15,000 downloads of digital publications, recordings, and archive documents from the PETT servers from January to May - which were the most popular? Any surprises?
Archival Pleasures: Sharing a moment of the walk (take time to listen) CLICK HERE
An archivist walks to work. Stops on a bridge above a stream. Looks into the next field. 11 seconds of video and recorded sound.
Archival Pleasures: Walking to work at the end of May CLICK HERE
Back on the footpaths after a hiatus.
Bumper day in the Archive: The secret delights of a quiet profession CLICK HERE
Biscuits and pound notes: what's not to like?
The Library of the late Otto Leslie Shaw CLICK HERE
Christie’s of South Kensington sale BK/776/5, Friday, June 10th, 1977 at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. A former student of Red Hill School looks at the sales catalogue of the school's founder's book collection, and asks some questions. You are invited to ask with him, and to respond.
Team Conference: Getting video link ready for Common Roots 2017 CLICK HERE
It's all about community. What is involved in setting up a video link between the San Francisco Bay Area and rural England, so that two pioneers in therapeutic community and education can join the Common Roots 2017 conference at PETT and share their life times of insights and experiences. And does it work?