Events for Disability History Month, November 2015

For Disability History Month in November UCA Farnham Library is putting on a series of events, including film screenings. This includes film screenings  Freewheelers, an Inclusive Theatre group, based in Surrey, who recently collaborated with the Surrey History Centre to produce a series a films relating to the history of disability within Surrey.

The Freewheelers screening will take place on the 18th November – tickets can be accessed here

UCA Farnham Library will also be hosting an exhibition on ‘Re-thinking the Body’ New work inspired by UCA’s archive’, with works produced by UCA students inspired by the archives

Stereotype and Stigma poster with links


Explore Your Archive Workshop

On the 31st July Hilary Wicks, Epsom Manager, attended the Explore your Archive Workshop on Wednesday 31st July 2013

Explore your Archive – The Campaign, was developed by the Archives and Records Association
The campaign covers the UK and Ireland, and there is an emphasis on celebrating diversity

Although the campaign will start on the 16th November the campaign starts there is no end date

Themes include exploring:

• The adventure of it
• The story each user goes through
• Ways and items to inspire everyone

Posters will be available to download as well as images for stickers and button badges

Story boxes

• Look at what we have got and is in our collection
• Does the content appeal to someone who doesn’t know archives very well

Measures of Success could include

• The number of archives taking part
• Increase in footfall
• Media coverage
• Visible champions
• Feel good factor in the sector
• Public awareness and support

Outstanding Timeline

August – More posters, artwork and stickers to be made available to download
Production of badges
National planning
ARA Conference

The main place to get information will be The National Archive site and delegates are encouraged to be involved with sharing ideas on the community pages.

A hashtag has been created for the campaign #explorearchives

The National Archives

What are The National Archives doing for the campaign?

Theme is going to be ‘Secrets, scandals and lies’

Think about how going to present storyboxes and what will go in them

• High quality digital scans
• Online storyboxes
• Workshops where people can sign up and take the time to look through the actual material themselves

• There will be a section on the website that links to Twitter
• Links to images
• The website will be hosted by the National Archives but will be specially branded for the campaign

Social Media Ideas

• Digitise your images
• Do live tweets from a particular historical timeframe
• Tweet as a historical individual
• Tweet extracts from diaries
• Blog
• Sounds – could use audiobook
• Portray what is in your storyboxes online
• Video – capture reaction to storyboxes
• Vine – This is a new mobile app owned by Twitter that enables users to create and post video clips
• Put longer videos on youtube

Discuss ideas on the online community forums.

Events ideas

• Behind the scenes at archives
• Anniversaries
• Completion of projects and opening of buildings
• Feature on users
• Competitions
• Objects (unusual or different)

Explore Your Archive: Photography at Guildford School of Art

Follow the whole story on UCA Storify

Explore Your Archive

The Photography department in Guildford School of Art from the 1950s was a major centre of photographic excellence under Ifor Thomas, the Head of Photography. His wife Joy, was also a lecturer there and together they formed a highly acclaimed team. Among his students were Jane Bown, John Hedgecoe, John Cleare, and Ray Dean. Staff included Thurston Hopkins. One of the part-time staff, always critical to and of the intellectual and creative health of the school was Alfred Lammer, a photographer noted for his pictures of flowers and of stained glass windows. He set up the first school of colour photography in Britain at Guildford in 1952.

Our records from our Archives from Guildford School of Art showcase Photography past exhibitions, dating from the 1970s, can allow for creative ways of working. Use for themes such as time or memory, or put a ‘retro’ way of working in your current work. Materials from the past can be used in exhibitions today. The Whitechapel Gallery recreates exhibitions from the past, using photographic images, which can be used as a way of looking at biases, including political, in past exhibitions.

See, for example,

Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art, Whitechapel, London, until September 2013, taken from the exhibition in 1951

Photography exhibition, undated [1970s]

Photography exhibition, undated [1970s]

Material also includes Aspect, the student Photography journal

Aspect, Photography Journal from the Guildford School of Art. 1960s

Aspect, Photography Journal from the Guildford School of Art. 1960s

Explore Your Archive: The National Archives Campaign

Explore Your Archive caption from  toolkit byThe National Archives

Explore Your Archive caption from toolkit byThe National Archives

Explore your Archive is a campaign to encourage exploration of different organisations’ archives by local communities

‘The aim… is to take audiences on a journey of discovery. We want them to explore their interests and at the same time discover their (local) archive to find out more about the fascinating stories that lie within’.

Every fortnight on this blog as part of this campaign UCA will be exploring the history of the academic classes at each of the six Art Colleges through mergers to the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Surrey Institute of Design, University College for the Creative Arts, and finally the University for the Creative Arts.

Stories will be collated until the 16 November 2013 where there will be a week of displays and events

Classes to explore will include Architecture, Fine Art, Time Based Media, Animation (created by Bob Godfrey), Graphic Design and Photography. It will chart the development of the course, the student experience, and trace the lives of ordinary students.

Also included will be case studies and ideas for how the material can be used for inspiration and artistic purposes

Material related to this campaign will all be made available as one story, on UCA’s Storify Account

Guildford School of Art Art Class, undated [1970s] Guildford School of Art Art Class, undated [1970s]