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Peter Webster at IFLA 2017

Peter Webster was delighted to be invited to introduce and chair a session at this year’s World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw (Poland). The session was jointly convened by the National Libraries and IT sections of IFLA, on the subject of access to Web archives. Peter introduced the speakers, from Canada, France and UK, … Continue reading Peter Webster at IFLA 2017

The silence of the archive: a review

[A review that appeared first in the LSE Review of Books.] David Thomas, Simon Fowler and Valerie Johnson. The Silence of the Archive. Facet, 2017. In the past two to three decades, the archival profession has been caught between two currents of cultural and technological change: simultaneous, largely unrelated, both apparently inexorable. Largely confined to … Continue reading The silence of the archive: a review

Understanding the users of the Parliamentary Web Archive

In June, Peter gave a presentation with Chris Fryer of the Parliamentary Archives on this recent project. WR&C designed and carried out an evaluation of the Parliamentary Web Archive, giving the Parliamentary Archives a new understanding of the ways in which their service is used, and what the next steps are for development. The slides … Continue reading Understanding the users of the Parliamentary Web Archive

On digital contemporary history

Peter Webster is the author of a new article in a special issue of the leading Danish historical journal, Temp: Tidsskrift for historie on the subject of the Information Society. The article is entitled ‘Digital contemporary history: sources, tools, methods, issues’ This essay suggests that there has been a relative lack of digitally enabled historical … Continue reading On digital contemporary history

WR&C takes part in major historical digitisation project

Church, State and Nation in Britain, 1900-1939 is a three-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It will create a freely available digital edition of the journals of Hensley Henson, bishop of Durham, famously trenchant public moralist and one of the greatest of English diarists. It is led by Dr Julia Stapleton … Continue reading WR&C takes part in major historical digitisation project

Research report: The Resilient Business

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of a new report, commissioned from WR&C by the Jubilee Centre, the Christian thinktank for social and economic ethics. It examines the recent history of a group of businesses, all founded with a Christian ethos, and the means that they have adopted to ensure that that ethos has … Continue reading Research report: The Resilient Business

WR&C takes part in new research network on born-digital data for history

We are delighted to announce that WR&C is among the main partners in a new AHRC-funded research network for ‘Born-digital big data and methods for history and the humanities’. Led by Professor Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research) with Dr Tobias Blanke (King’s College London), the partners are the British Library, the National Archives, and … Continue reading WR&C takes part in new research network on born-digital data for history