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Working on an organisation’s archive is not just a technical venture aiming at ordering and filing documents.

Working on an organisation’s archive is working on an organisation’s history, on an organisation’s identity and primary task and on how this has been shaped over time and space.

Working on an organisation’s archive is working with ideas, artefacts, people, memories of people, and strong or faded memories of communities…

On Thursday 7th November just before 10am, a group of us gathered at St. Luke’s Community Centre in Shoreditch, ready to begin an exploratory day that would delve deep into the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations’ (TIHR) archive. As the Tavistock Institute’s CEO Dr Eliat Aram stated in her opening speech, art has a way […]

This post by Karen Kiss, an archive student working with the Born Digital material, explores the Tavistock Institute’s archives on its annual Leicester conference, highlighting the importance of the reports and feedback written about the event and the ethical considerations linked to working with them. The archives blog has explored many of the fascinating documents […]

A symposium exploring the Tavistock Institute’s archive.

Join us for an exploratory day, including lunch, on 7 November, looking at the significance of the Tavistock Institute’s archive and the emerging practice of researching it. Continue reading

Exploring responses to the Tavistock Institute’s Archive. A Tavistock Institute Annual Symposium On the 7th November 2019, we will host a one-day Symposium in central London exploring responses to the Tavistock Institute’s Archive. The Tavistock Institute has a heritage of participatory research and professional development work. It is in this spirit that we wish to hear […]

Niamh Bailey – Student in Fine Art: Sculpture at University of the Arts London To a student whose work is deeply rooted in ideas surrounding categorisation and dissociation, the archived files of a continuously self-aware organisation proved an engaging read.  The following text is an amalgamation of personal reflections from working with The Tavistock Institute […]

My path to 70th Festival celebrations In a reflection on profession and belonging, Eva Worm takes us on a journey from her first encounter with the Tavistock Institute’s 70th Anniversary Festival ‘Reimagining Human Relations in our Time’ through to the launch of the Tavistock Community and its first Annual Gathering. I am 49 years old […]

("Pesca del pescespada a Scilla" (1949) by Renato Guttuso)

By Antonio Sama Image credit (“Pesca del pescespada a Scilla” (1949) by Renato Guttuso) how the archive inspired a new relationship with my mentor. I was invited recently to contribute to a collective book in memory of my late mentor and friend Professor Giovanni Mastroianni, who died in August 2016. This was intended as a collection […]

Wellcome Library – Tavistock Institute Social Dreaming Matrix No. 4 28th November 2018, 2.00 – 3.30   Facilitators: Rachel Kelly and Tazi Smith The last of a series of four Social Dreaming Matrices held in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Library during November, where members of the public met together to reveal  their dreams and […]

Wellcome Library – Tavistock Institute Social Dreaming Matrix No. 3 22nd November 2018, 7.00 – 8.30   13 people attended and 4 left during the matrix. 7 dreams presented 11 associations Hosts: Eliat Aram and Mannie Sher ‘Inside Out’: First dream introduced into the matrix is about being in Sierra Leone with a girlfriend who […]