#explorearchives Open Day at the IOE

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‘A world without archives is a world without memory’… It is with this that the National Archives (TNA) and the Archives & Records Association (ARA) kicked off an archive awareness campaign, ‘Explore your Archives’.  Archives across the UK and Ireland are inviting you to explore your own history and interests through their collections.

As part of the Explore your Archives campaign, we held an open day on Wednesday, November 20th, inviting students, staff and visitors into our office and reading room to take a look at a few of our collections.

We had two ‘story boxes’, which provided a glimpse into two of our collections.  We compiled a variety of documents, photographs and ephemera for a National Union of Women Teachers story box.  To juxtapose the NUWT’s rather sizable collection (which, after Kathryn Hannan’s cataloguing project, includes 404 archive boxes worth of material), we chose one of our smaller collections – of educator Mimi Hatton – which consists of one box that holds an amazing assortment of documents, tickets and photographs from Hatton’s life as an educator in Germany and founder of a girls’ SEN school.


One of our visitors, Paul (hi, Paul!), takes a look at some of our teaching resources available for using archives in the classroom.  Paul comes from a family of teachers, and dropped in to see if anything may interest his sister, who by the sounds of it, has had quite the interesting career in education.

Being the Institute of Education, we also made sure to have a variety of teaching resources available to educators and trainee teachers:

Primary sources put to use

Primary sources put to use.

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by last Wednesday, and to TNA & ARA for organising the Explore your Archives campaign!  To see what other archives are up to, you can head here to the Explore your Archives homepage.


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