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Archives aLive: Researching Unemployment

Belén talks us through the second session of our widening participation project, Archives aLive, at the MRC. Read about what our school groups got up to & their responses…

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By Any Means Necessary? : Questioning Ideas of Militancy in the Civil Rights Struggle

The debate between militant and peaceful approaches to protest has been, and remains to be, a controversial one. How far is too far? What is ‘necessary’? This seminar at the MRC looked at the Civil Rights struggle in American, focusing on the actions of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers to examine the effects of militant resistance…

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Britain in the 1970s: TRADE UNION HISTORY

Students in the History Department have been making use of the Modern Records Centre in their research for long essays and dissertations on the history of Britain in the 1970s. Here is a sample of what they have been doing:

Louise Machin

I am currently researching trade unions in the 1970s, with a particular focus on their relationship with the media. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) archive at the Modern Records Centre holds an abundance of documents relating to how union leaders viewed the media, the gradual acceptance of the media’s increasing power, and the realisation that unions needed to actively harness this power instead of allowing the media to dictate public opinion.  Continue reading Britain in the 1970s: TRADE UNION HISTORY

New light on a lost age: striking photographs of Russia and China in the 1920s now online

The digitisation of more than 1,500 lantern slides from the archives of Henry Sara has now been completed, allowing researchers to see many striking images for the first time.

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Discover the Unique Characters of Archives

Archives can often make the past feel distant to us. With the development of technology we lose the personal touch of handwritten documents, unique to their creator. Rather, we now have boxes and boxes of typed words and uniform letters. So, when faced with endless regiments of tidy characters, it’s such a delight to see a glimmer of their personality…

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