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Family activity day at The Keep archive

This will be a fun free family event with a heritage twist through the Mass Observation Archive based at The Keep archive in Brighton. Information below and available via form attached.

There are further free events the same week, which also form part of the free and accessible Heritage Open Days events nationwide.

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Family activity and tour of The Keep

1-3pm, Saturday 13th September

This September, come and discover the Mass Observation Archive at The Keep. Through a specially designed drama workshop and a guided tour, you’ll explore original archive materials, learn about conservation and have the opportunity to participate in Mass Observation style activities.

Location: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 8BP

Suitable for the whole family, especially children age 7-11.

FREE but booking essential via: 01273 482349  or www.thekeep.info/events

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Mass Observation and its’ Diarists – new event coming up

securedownloadThis promises to be an interesting event from the best selling editors who helped craft the infamous (televised by Victoria Wood) diarist Nella Last’s diaries – Strike a Light heartily recommends it!

Mass Observation and its’ Diarists

Venue: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9BP
Date: Wednesday 14 May 2014, 6pm (6.30pm start)
Cost: £5 (includes glass of wine)
Book:  http://www.massobs.org.uk/events

Early evening lecture by Robert and Patricia Malcolmson.

Robert and Patricia Malcolmson are Social Historians and editors of numerous Mass Observation diarists including Nella Last in the 1950s:  Further Diaries of Housewife 49.The talk will focus on their use of Mass Observation and explore the diaries collected by the original Mass Observation movement (1937 – 1966).

Free car parking is available at The Keep.

Mass Observation Diary events

MO_Logo-36mm(mono)The Mass Observation Diaries, with Penny Summerfield and Dorothy Sheridan

This event comprises two talks by Penny Summerfield and Dorothy Sheridan along with a chance to look at some original diaries from the Mass Observation Archive.

Venue: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9BP
Friday, 2 May 2014 from 13:30 to 17:00
Date: Friday 2nd May 2014, 1.30-5pm
Cost: £6

Historians and the Diary: speaking for others and blurring boundaries
Penny Summerfield, University of Manchester

Penny will be reviewing the ways that social and cultural historians have used the diary as a historical source. Such historians value diaries for the intimate glimpses of everyday life that they offer, but they vary in their concerns with the ‘representativeness’ and ‘reliability’ of diaries as historical sources. For some it is important to be able to claim that the diarists they use are representative of the population they are studying and so speak not just for themselves but for the collectivity to which they belong. Others determinedly embrace the exceptionality of the diarist. Historians also vary in their approach to reliability, especially to the issue of whether a diary is more reliable the more ‘private’ it is, raising a number of questions relating to the private/public boundary.

How do historians view the shaping of diaries by public discourses and the effects of intended (and unintended) audiences on diary-writing? And in any case how secure is the boundary between the private and the public? Some historians suggest that the concept of ‘privacy’ is not a universal and that on close scrutiny many seemingly private diaries, not least those written for Mass Observation, blur the boundary.

Penny is Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester. She is currently working on a book about historians’ uses of personal testimony. She has worked extensively with both oral history and Mass Observation in her research on the social and cultural history of the Second World War.

Editing a diary for publication: the pleasures and pitfalls
Dorothy Sheridan, University of Sussex and Mass Observation Archive Trustee

In the second talk, Dorothy will talk about the process of making a diary public, drawing on her own experience as editor of Among You Taking Notes:  the wartime diary of Naomi Mitchison 1939-45.  She will explore her own relationship with the diary-writer during the editing process, and raise some ethical and practical questions about investments, privacy, shared authorship and diary research.

Dorothy is a Trustee of the Mass Observation Archive and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include the use of life histories and she is a founding member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at Sussex.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Mass Observation Archive and the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research.

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/courses/massobsdiaries

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