TIHR’s Coreene Archer and Rita Keegan of the Women Artist’s Slide Library discuss the relevance, value and unexpected similarities between two very different archives.

“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiralling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.”

These are the words of the writer Shirley Abbott and I think they contain a deep truth. For me, they are relevant and equally meaningful to an individual and to an organisation. In this piece, I apply their truth to both individual and organisation through the lens of exploring the creation of an archive, a body of work which too is passed from generation to generation. With the passage of time how we think about and understand information changes […]

anthropological archive letter

This is a conversation between Liz Cory-Pearce, Sadie King, and Mannie Sher that unfolded in the Wellcome Library reading room whilst working on the anthropological threads project. It was captured and written by Liz, who, as an anthropologist, was both participating in and observing and recording the reflective conversations as they unfolded. Anthropological Threads was a lunchtime […]

We are delighted to launch the website for ‘Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time’, a festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute.

At the heart of the festival is the Institute’s archive which over the last two years has been intricately and delicately catalogued at Wellcome Library. These two things coinciding – our anniversary and the launch of the archive – are a great cause for celebration because the insights of our forebears as they tackled past societal challenges, which we have always drawn upon as an organisation, are now available to you […]

As a recently qualified Archivist, I have taken on the role of Project Archivist for this exciting project. In my first blog post, I offer just a short reflection on my new role and what it means to be newly involved at this exciting stage.

Beginning a new job always brings that age old mixture of excitement, apprehension and wariness of the unknown. It was no different for me as the new Project Archivist on my first day at the Wellcome Library, foraying into the as yet unrevealed world and materials of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) […]

We are delighted and excited to be issuing this call inviting contributions to our festival in October 2017.

Taking place over four days, Reimagining Human Relations in our Time, will be a multi-sited event taking place in the public domain. Its aims are:

To engage and expand research interest in the Tavistock Institute’s archive material that is being catalogued at the Wellcome Library.

To invite creative participation in our programme of work; our philosophical approach; applied methodologies and their potential in tackling current societal challenges.

To offer activities consistent with the Tavistock Institute’s history and practice that will support an improved understanding of wellbeing- in its individual, organisational and societal dimensions. […]

In this lunchtime talk, David Armstrong leads a conversational session based upon his recent paper ‘Psychoanalytic Study and the Ethical Imagination’. Over the past two or three years I have from time to time found myself looking back to the origins of the particular tradition of working and engaging with groups and organisations that has been […]

Distraction surrounds us every day in work: from the ambient clatter and noise of the open plan office, to the ringing and beeping of phones, the flurry of emails, and chatter of colleagues. Today I’ve been thinking today about the nature of distraction at work, but particularly in archival work.

Cataloguing requires focus and attention, the careful sifting through of streams of data to try and make order out of chaos. I sit at my desk, my trolley of boxes beside me making a wall, a little archive cave of brown cardboard …