ICHORA 2022

The 10th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA) was held online during the week of 25-29 July 2022, virtually hosted by The National Archives (UK) and the Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER). As part of the conference, ‘Postcards from the Past’ were also submitted and the postcards are available to read here.

The programme was as follows:

Monday 25 July

14:00 to 16:00 – Opening event

Opening remarks and instructions.

  • Geoffrey Yeo, Writing (Uncanonical) Archival Histories: Challenges and Opportunities

Followed by virtual reception/postcard session.

Tuesday 26 July

12:00 to 12:50 – Data histories

  • Sara Jorgensen, A Data Repository before its Time: NASA’s Space Life Sciences Archival Library (1975-1981) and the Evolution of Data Preservation and Reuse in the Life Sciences
  • Zanna Friberg, The interconnected recordkeeping histories of archaeological legacy records

14:00 to 15:15 – Reflecting on records and recordkeeping

  • Lucy Brownson, Odds, Ends and Ephemeral Exclusion in Archives
  • Cherish Watton, Community scrapbook competitions and grassroots recordkeeping in 1960s rural England
  • Ellen Engseth, Reading a House as an Archive

15:45 to 17:00 – Reflecting on recordkeepers

  • Ted Lee, A Brief History of Archival (Un-)Professionalism: Why Understanding How Recordkeepers Imagine Themselves Matters
  • Michael Marlatt, (In)visible: The Importance of Underrepresented Lived Experience in Studying the History of the Archivist
  • Wendy Cox, Archiving Women Archivists in the South African Archives

Wednesday 27 July

12:00 to 12:50 – How’s it going so far?

An informal session for catching up with others attending and sharing reflections so far.

14:00 to 15:15 – Reflecting on the shape(s) we give things

  • Krzystof Ziomek, History of the nachlass of Jan Pitoń, CM
  • Jennifer Douglas and Alexandra Alisaukas, #Receipts: Creation of Archive Evidence in the Lives of Girls and Women
  • Emma Phil Skoog, The significance of the autograph collection for the historical archives

15:45 to 17:15 – Reflecting on collecting and collectors

  • Heather MacNeil, Constructing an Archive of the English Reformation: the manuscript collections of Matthew Parker and Robert Cotton
  • Michael Riordan, The prosopography of early modern English archivists: a gap in our knowledge
  • Erik Nordberg, Personality over Policy: Collecting Records of American Business, Industry and Technology
  • Alida Green, Sian Pretorius-Nel and Tiffaney Morolong, Revolutionizing record retention: The case of the University of Pretoria Archives

Thursday 28 July

12:00 to 12:50 – Contested Histories

  • Anne Gilliland, From Partition of Ireland to Brexit and Beyond: Reflections on the Record of Cross-Border Community Experiences in Derry-Donegal
  • (From Panel Two) Kate Keane, The History of the Prisons Memory Archive in Northern Ireland

14:00 to 15:15 – Reflecting on historical understandings of records, archives and archivists in 20th-century Ireland (Panel Two)

  • Elizabeth Mullins, Writing the history of religious archiving in Ireland
  • Daniel Ayiotis, Writing the history of the Irish Military Archives
  • Lisa Collins Shortall, Historical perspectives on the creation of records about unmarried mothers and babies in 20th century Ireland

15:45 to 17:00 – Reflecting on recordkeeping histories

  • Charles Farrugia and Valeria Vanesio, Pioneers in Maltese Archives and Libraries. Reconstructing recordkeeping and archival thinking in 20th-century Malta
  • Claudio Ogass Bilbao, Troubling the History of Our Discipline: A Latin-American Archival Thinking?
  • James Lowry, (Critical) Intellectual History in Archival Studies

Friday 29 July

14:00 to 15:00 – Drawing to a close

An informal session for saying goodbye and sharing reflections on the conference as a whole.

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