A Civic Engagement Project at the Refugee Council Archive, University of East London.
Under the auspices of the UEL Library and Learning Service, a bid was submitted by Paul Dudman and Dr. Rumana Hashem, which focuses on the Refugee Council Archives at UEL. Entitled, “Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion? Civic Engagement through the Preservation and Access to Refugee Archives,” this project seeks to use existing Archives held within the UEL Library as a basis to forge new partnerships between students, academics, archivists and a community groups.
The aims and objectives of the project include:
a) To engage with local communities in an attempt to establish a Living Refugee Archive and to promote and enable accessibility and engagement with our existing collections. This will be documented through the collection of oral histories.
b) Student engagement through: (1) The contribution of oral histories and archival materials; (2) To help engage with local communities with Archive-led activities and to help the local community/refugee groups understand how the Archives which UEL holds can be relevant to their own community; (3) To participate at the launch event at the end of the project workshop, and to ensure the participation of a considerable group of community representatives in the workshop; (4) To help and assist with new archives where appropriate.
c) To pilot a Refugee Living Archive website to incorporate digital content collected as part of our Oral History Project and, if successful, this could lead to a continuation of this project beyond the initial timescale outlined in the bid.
d) Creation of Refugee Archives and History Group to help facilitate continued discussions and civic engagement activities, and to help encourage interaction between archivist, historians, NGO’s and the communities themselves as to how the refugee experience can be preserved and documented.
Further detail of the project can be found on Blog:- refugeearchives.wordpress.com/
At this early stage of the project we are undertaking consultation meetings with members of academic staff at UEL and with our external partners in order to ascertain potential interest and involvement in relation to this project. Any UEL academic is very much welcome to get involved in this project and help us to build living refugee archives.
The project coordinators are interested in meeting with any academic and research centre to discuss this project. Should you have any thoughts or feedback please do get in touch with Paul Dudman ((firstname.lastname@example.org), the Archivist responsible for the Refugee Council Archives at UEL, and Dr. Rumana Hashem (email@example.com), a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at UEL.
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