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 […]

When the boxes from the archive were opened and the material was explored for cataloguing Elena Carter, with a worried look, told the Archive Project Group that one box contained mould and the item would therefore need to be treated/cleaned by Wellcome Trust’s Conservation team. Luckily the mould was limited and no major damage was done. I understand that the enemies of archives, and libraries, are fire, flood and man-made catastrophes […]

By Matt Gieve, Researcher at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations This blog is the last in a three part series about the experiences of an archivist, a historian and a social researcher in running the War Officer Selection Boards (WOSBs) in the Wellcome Library’s Reading Room last year. Read the archivist’s experience here and the […]

By Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library This blog is the second in a three part series about the experiences of an archivist, a historian and a social researcher in running the War Officer Selection Boards (WOSBs) in the Wellcome Library’s Reading Room last year. Read the archivist’s experience here. Before my eyes, […]

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) […]