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Listening to Maureen Colquhoun

By Esther Gill – Hub project manager – Unlocking our Sound Heritage It is Monday 1st February 2021, the UK is in lockdown and I am working from home, listening to a radio interview (UTK006/498) from 1973 with a councillor

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There ain’t no party like an East Slope party

By Karen Watson – University of Sussex Archivist These days, most people know there ain’t no party like an S Club Party (well if you were born before 1990) but at Sussex in the early 1980s East Slope parties held

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How the 12th May Diaries can help us to understand death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Chloe Daniel – Mass Observation Archive Assistant Content warning: this post discusses the themes of death and dying ‘After she died, I fretted that I might not have been praying hard enough or in the right way or not

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Collections reading group

By Richard Wragg – Collections Manager For the last few months, the Collections Team have been meeting for a reading group. The texts we have chosen to discuss have all had a focus on decolonisation, equality and diversity. The reading

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Posted in BLDS (British Library for Development Studies), Collection Development, Collections, IDS, Legacy collection, MO (Mass Observation), Special Collections, The Keep, Uncategorised, UOSH (Unlocking Our Sound Heritage)

12th May 2020 an introduction to the diaries

By Chloe Daniel – Mass Observation Archive Assistant 23 March, 2020. The country, along with life as we knew it, stopped. School’s out. Non-essential shopping is no longer permitted. Gatherings involving more than two people now prohibited. You may only

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Telling the time and temporal rhythms

Evidence from the MOA Autumn 2017 directive One-day diary: organising and experiencing time By Clare Holdsworth, Keele University Writing a one-day diary is a key activity of being a MOA correspondent. One-day diaries are often used in directives, including the

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Plans… remember those? A look at the architectural plans of the University of Sussex

By Karen Watson – Special Collections Archivist Plans. It’s a bit tricky to make any at the moment. Luckily that wasn’t the case when the University of Sussex was commissioning new buildings and renovating student residences over the past 50

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A Taste of History – Travelling back in time through recipes and Mass Observation

By Dr Stella Sims In this video project I recreate recipes taken from, or inspired by 1941 food diaries held at the Mass Observation Archive, going back in time to a moment in history to cook and taste what someone

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Listening to Sussex’s Special Collections

By Esther Gill – UOSH Project Manager The University of Sussex Special Collections at The Keep archive holds extensive material relating to 20th century literary, political and social history, as well as the history of the University. In amongst the

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Out of the box – a look at our exciting new digital collection on JSTOR

By Rose Lock – Special Collections Supervisor Although there is a great joy and value in holding an original archival document in your hands, for many reasons this is not always possible. At Special Collections we are constantly seeking new

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