Covid Conversation: Collecting through Covid: Online event, Tuesday 26 October 12.30-1.30 BST

Angela Whitecross Discussion

Tuesday 26 October 2021

12:30 – 13:30 BST

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One year on from our first Covid-19 Conversation event which focused on the early responses from historians, archivists, and curators to collecting pandemic-related material, we reflect on what we have learnt about the benefits and challenges of working through this crisis period.


Join our panel of speakers to discuss what we have learnt over the past year about collecting through Covid-19.

Speakers include:

Natasha McEnroe, Keeper of Medicine, Science Museum, London.

Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies, Ulster University and Principal Investigator of the UKRI-funded Museums, Crisis and Covid 19: Vitality and Vulnerabilities project.

Sam Jenkins, Collections Officer, Peoples History Museum, Manchester.

Caylin Smith, Head of Digital Preservation for Cambridge University Library. Caylin established the Library’s Covid-19 Collection that includes materials about the pandemic in digital and physical formats created by members of the Collegiate University and the city of Cambridge.


This series of events is part of a major public history programme – NHS Voices of Covid-19 – led by Professor Stephanie Snow and the NHS at 70 team at the University of Manchester and undertaken in partnership with the British Library. Supported by a grant from UK Research and Innovation, through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, we are developing a national collection of personal testimonies and in-depth reflections around Covid-19 that will be preserved as a permanent public resource for informing policy and practice and form part of a wider British Library Covid-19 collecting initiative.


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