Visit to Seven Stories

Yesterday I enjoyed a visit to Seven Stories, the centre for children’s books, and one of the contributors to our sustainable development project. One of the main reasons for my visit was to see the authority files they have created in CALM, for authors and illustrators. I also gave a quick demonstration of how to use the Hub’s new EAD Editor, which was very well recieved.

Once the business of the visit was over, Hannah (the archivist) showed me some of the treasures of the collection, which included some of Phillip Pullman’s manuscripts (in very neat handwriting!); original artwork by Jan Ormerod for her book ‘Sunshine‘; and the original illustrations for Noel Streatfeild’s ‘Ballet Shoes’. Included with these was, to my great excitement, the original copy of Pauline’s application for a stage licence, filled out (with book-appropriate information) by either Noel or her illustrator Ruth Gervis who, I discovered to my delight, was Noel Streatfeild’s sister.

I’m really pleased that Seven Stories are going to be adding their descriptions to the Hub in the near future, and I’d encourage you to have a look – I’m sure you’ll find plenty to interest you.

Sustainable content: visits to contributors

I recently visited two of the contributors to the Archives Hub sustainable content development project. The archivists at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and the BT Archives were nice enough to let me drink their tea, and see how they used CALM.

Axiell, developers of the CALM software, have kindly let us have access to a trial version of CALM to help with this project, but it

Steve Cohen

This month we are highlighting Steve Cohens collection which he deposited at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre in 2001.

Steve Cohen was a lawyer and anti deportation campaigner who dedicated his life to anti-racism and anti-Semitism, particularly the welfare of immigrants and refugees, and those seeking the right to remain in the UK.

There are links to related materials, mainly in the areas of race relations and immigration.

For more information on the Steve Cohen collection, please contact the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre on 0161 275 2920. We’d like to thank Julie Devonald of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, who wrote the text for this month’s description.

Image of a demo rally poster provided by and copyright the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.