I’m particularly looking forward to the range of external talks we have organised this year, covering a breadth of subjects and archival collections. Tomorrow, Stephen Bourne will be discussing his work in unearthing Black British history. On Wednesday Dr Lesley Hall will be looking at the history of sexuality, with particular reference to the collections held at the Wellcome Library. On Thursday, our very own Chris Barnes and David Langrish will be talking about the launch of the MH 47 series online. Finally, on Friday Simon Jarrett will be exploring the history of learning disabilities and how they have been documented over time. All these talks are free and open to everyone, aimed at highlighting work happening in the field and inspiring future research. Please come along!
This year we also begin five years of commemoration of the First World War. In the past few weeks we’ve released digital copies of the War diaries online, and with Chris and David’s talk on Thursday, we highlight again the launch of the digital MH 47 series last week. What these series do, in particular MH 47, is allow us to hear the stories of the ‘ordinary soldier’, their experiences, the lives they left behind, and in some cases their desperation to not go at all.