By Caroline Marchant-Wallis, Daniel Millum and Tracy Wilson
We’re taking the opportunity of our (temporary) exile from
our beloved BLDS collection (personally given its resemblance to a Cold War
nuclear shelter I voted that we should spend the lockdown period in the IDS basement
where the collection is housed, but University management thought differently)
to spend a bit of time writing about some of the interesting and unusual items
we’ve already found as part of the project.
These are found in unlikely sources. At first glance the title The Zambian Parliament 24th October, 1964 to 31st December, 1974 sounds of course worthy of inclusion in the collection, and of interest to scholars of Zambian political history, but possibly a little dry. Yet delving inside shows the Zambian parliament to have been a more colourful and contentious forum than you would expect the official record to reveal.
In his introduction, President Kenneth Kaunda solemnly states that he has ‘repeatedly reaffirmed our complete confidence and trust in democracy’, and this is followed by a quote from Edmund Burke stating that Parliament should be a deliberative assembly of one nation guided by the general good. However, it appears that not all members had taken this lofty Burkean approach to parliamentary discourse, as can be seen from a brief perusal of appendix one, which contains a list of ‘unparliamentary expressions’ for each year.
Back in February, myself and Adam agreed to write a blog post about meetings, drawing together all the information, skills and ideas gained from creativity training and out in the world. Lindsay produced a great infographic that you can see here:
We were going to put this together with some general thoughts we had about attending and chairing meetings. When we chatted about this earlier this year, we were really thinking about the format of meetings. Do we need to sit round a table? Can we go for a walk and talk? Is it OK to move about during a meeting? Move forward a few weeks and here we all are forced out of our meeting rooms into our homes. Having meetings from bedrooms, lounges, kitchen corners.
A couple of weeks ago we attended the ‘Decolonising
the curriculum –the Library’s role’ conference at Goldsmiths, at
was speaking. Given that the University of Sussex Library is in the
process of formulating its own approach to decolonisation, and that this is
both an extremely important and yet often frustratingly vague topic, we thought
colleagues might be interested in a quick report.