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Information about past work at the Modern Records Centre is included in our annual reports and information bulletins (available online from 1996/7 to 2016/7). Recordings of several past events are also available - the student-led Open Education Series, 2014-2016, and the schools project Archives Alive, 2016.
Then & Now Exhibition Launch
Then & Now: Arts at Warwick is a new online exhibition researched and curated by students on the history of the Arts Faculty: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/applyingtostudy/currentstudents/thenandnow
Undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the Arts worked collaboratively to conduct archival research at the Modern Records Centre and Students’ Union Archive, and conducted interviews with current and former staff and students. The exhibition has been divided into six themes to build the narrative of how Arts students have experienced their time at Warwick, including Art & Architecture, Degree Timeline and an Interactive Campus Map.
You can also read an interview with two members of the student-led team in The Boar: https://theboar.org/2020/06/interview-with-then-and-now-arts-at-warwick/.
New audio insights
Two new features about our digitised sound recordings have recently been added to our website:
|A guide to the regional and other accents represented in many interviews, mainly from the 1980s. In England the interviewees' birthplaces range from Devon to Durham, with particular concentrations in the west Midlands, Merseyside and the London docklands. Whilst these are mainly records of working-class speech, professional people such as senior civil servants and social workers also feature.|
|An introduction to the distinctive soundtracks of the management training filmstrips published by the Industrial Society in the 1960s. These mini-dramas give a sometimes amusing picture of attitudes to workplace issues at the time. Prepare to encounter both appalling and exemplary behaviour.|
During Term 2, student curators were working hard to create an exhibition on mental health provision over the past century - 'Mind Matters' - to be displayed at the Modern Records Centre. The Coronavirus closure has of course prevented the physical exhibition (which would have opened this week) but we're pleased to be able to share the contextual information that the students produced in preparation for the display, together with information about events planned to accompany the opening.
We would like to thank the students for their hard work in planning 'Mind Matters'.