Co‐curation: Archival interventions and voluntary sector records

Brewis, Georgina, Ellis Paine, Angela, Hardill, Irene, Lindsey, Rose and Macmillan, Rob (2023) Co‐curation: Archival interventions and voluntary sector records. Area, 55 (3). pp. 332-339. ISSN 0004-0894 (In Press)

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There is a growing trend across the social sciences to engage with archives. Within Human Geography this has stimulated a debate about the nature of archives, including moving from considering ‘archive as source’ to ‘archive as subject’. We build on and extend this thinking, suggesting that an even more active appreciation of the dynamic nature of relationships between researchers, owners of records, and archival material is needed. This paper draws on an interdisciplinary study of voluntary action and welfare provision in England in the 1940s and 2010s to highlight how the different iterative processes involved in collaborative archival research are part of what we call co-curation. Co-curation involves the negotiated identification, selection, preparation, and interpretation of archival materials. This has implications for both research processes and outcomes.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The authors would like to thank each of the partner organisations that made the research possible. They are also grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council (grant award number ES/N018249/1) for supporting the research on which this paper is based.
Uncontrolled Keywords: archives, co-curation, England, historical, voluntary action, voluntary sector
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2023 03:30

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