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Modern Records Centre launches campaign to 'open up the archive'

The University's Modern Records Centre is an incredible resource. It is the largest academic archive in the UK and boasts an impressive collection of records. Headline collections include those of Amnesty International, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the CBI. The archives represents a sort of personal history through the 20th Century and the University is planning to make them more widely available.

At the Centre you can find papers on the land-speed record breaking Bluebird Car side by side with correspondence on the Berlin Wall or the Wapping dispute for example. Rather topically at the moment, it also houses the records of most trade unions past and present – from huge national organisations such as the Trades Union Congress to much smaller bodies like the Leamington Nut, Bolt and Rivet Association. It is also the home of the University’s archives and any graduates who completed a PhD at Warwick might be pleased to know their work will have been stored at the Modern Records Centre for future generations to view. The Centre has, on occasion, even been used for genealogy programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ to trace lineage of celebrities.

Now the University wants to make the archive and its contents more widely available. This is why the University is undertaking a £1.1 million campaign to “open up the archive” – both physically and digitally. The new centre will lead the way in archive research using the latest web tools and technology. This will enable the Centre to move forward with a significant public programme of lectures, seminars and exhibitions. It’s a very exciting project and we are looking for people to be involved. If you, or a family member, were involved in the labour history movement – perhaps you even studied Labour History at Warwick then we’d love you to get in touch with us to tell us what the labour movement means to you.

To find out more about the Modern Records Centre visit their website.

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