Paper Trails

The social life of archives and collections

Edited by Andrew W. M. Smith

ISBN: 9781787359253

Publication: July 15, 2021

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The 'Paper Trails' BOOC brings together a diverse group of people – researchers, practitioners and students – and historical collections (print, object and digital) held in the UCL libraries and museums, as well as those held externally. 
The project aims to enable collaboration between unlikely partners to help break down barriers that currently exist in academia and to open up the world of historical research. It will reveal how the work and methodologies of researchers, academics, education practitioners and students interrelates, providing opportunity for collaborations beyond the usual parameters these fields present. In doing so, it will forge links with communities of learners within UCL and externally and make an original contribution to knowledge.

Andrew W. M. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History & Politics at the University of Chichester.

Paper Trails is organised around different four streams of content, which are: 

  1. Research Stories: Full length research articles which encourage a focus on research stories to invite a more reflective methodology, offering a more inclusive and engaged commentary on the work involved in researching, ordering, and preserving the past. 
  2. Co-Production: Outputs from projects in which non-academic, undergraduate and taught postgraduate audiences collaborate with others (collection professions, academics, members of the public etc) to create new work that is based on research collections. 
  3. Collection Profiles: Shorter, descriptive or even narrative pieces that highlight items or collections of interest.  
  4. Engagement:  Reflective pieces that focus on a broad range of engagement activities, from the professional’s perspective.  These can be case studies, or ‘think pieces’ on particular skills or techniques. 

Format: Open Access HTML

Copyright: © 2021

ISBN: 9781787359253

Publication: July 15, 2021

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