Build Your Own Archive! Session 2: Critical Research in Archives

Session 2: Critical Research in Archives

Saturday 6 April (2.00-5.00)

Venue: George Padmore Institute (GPI)

In collaboration with PhD researcher Vivian Latinwo-Olajide and the University of Leicester, the George Padmore Institute (GPI) is proud to present Session 2 of our three part workshop series introducing participants to basic archival practice, whilst exploring critical questions. All sessions are free, but donations to the GPI are welcome.

To book your place, please RSVP to or visit our Eventbrite page

Places are limited, so please only RSVP if you are definitely attending. If you can no longer attend, please email Sarah Garrod -

Session 2 will explore:

ACCESS TO ARCHIVES: where do I go and what will I find in different record offices?

CATALOGUES: how to use and understand catalogues. What makes a good catalogue entry?

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES: different ways in, including primary and secondary resources

CONTEXT: Importance of contextual material and ephemera

RESTRICTED ACCESS TO RECORDS: encountering barriers and understanding why they are necessary

COPYRIGHT – the basics and how this can affect your research

COPYING: Obtaining copies of materials

We'll have guest speakers who will be exploring critical approaches to archival research including:

- How might we encounter radical histories in archival institutions?

- How do we engage with the politics of objectivity?

- How can we critically contextualise material?

Please note that the GPI is an inaccessible building. We will be making resources available after the workshops.