Monday, 2 April 2012

eARMMS, March 2012

This is the latest edition of the ARMMS and CAIS newsletter, eARMMS, that we also post here. Let us know if you would like an email copy each month.

  1. E-ARMMS first birthday
  2. Centre for Environmental Change & Human Resilience (CECHR) Conversations
  3. Human Race touring exhibition
  4. CAIS study day
  5. New Publication
  6. Archive Enquiries
  7. New Resource
  8. Scottish Universities Special Collections and Archives group meeting
  9. Managing electronic records / Public History
  10. Archive Class
  11. Economic & Social History Society of Scotland Spring conference



1. E-ARMMS first birthday

Our E-ARMMS Newsletter turns one this month. We’ve really enjoyed putting the newsletter together over the last twelve months and hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. To date we’ve written 117 postings. These have covered all aspects of the work of the Archive, Records Management, Museum Services and CAIS departments, ranging from new acquisitions, to the delivery of presentations, major exhibitions and new CPD and Masters Courses. To have a browse through past editions please see, http://www.dundee.ac.uk/armms/e-armms_past.htm.



2. Centre for Environmental Change & Human Resilience (CECHR) Conversations

The latest exhibition by Museum Services in the Lamb Gallery features work by Jean Duncan, artist-in-residence with CECHR, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. As well as Jean's own artworks, the exhibition also features photographs, models and prints by some of the researchers that Jean has been working with at CECHR. The exhibition runs until 14th April.



3. Human Race touring exhibition

Museum curator Matthew Jarron is on the management board of Scotland and Medicine, which has just launched its latest touring exhibition Human Race: Inside the Science of Sports Medicine. The exhibition has received funding from the Olympics Legacy Trust (one of only two museum projects in Scotland to do so) and is an official part of the Cultural Olympiad. The exhibition (which features several objects from the Tayside Medical History Museum's collections) has opened at the University of Stirling and will be coming to Dundee in September, showing in both the Lamb Gallery and the Institute of Sport and Exercise.



4. CAIS study Day

On the 10th March CAIS held a Study Day in Berwick for 20 distance-learning family and local history students. Bringing together the expertise and knowledge of five CAIS tutors, students undertook a number of sessions on Local Government Records, Palaeography, Transcription and Analysis as well as group sessions on Police, School and Poor Relief Records.



5. New Publication

The Abertay Historical Society launches its 52nd publication Dundee’s Two Intrepid Ladies: A Tour Round the World by D C Thomson’s Female Journalists in 1894, edited and introduced by Susan Keracher on 31st March. As part of the launch event, to be held at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum, Kenneth will be giving a short talk on Dundee women at that time. Other talks will be given by Murray Thomson, of D C Thomson & Co Ltd, and Dundee University Professor Jim Tomlinson. More details about this event may be obtained from Matthew Jarron, http://www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/contact_us/



6. Archive Enquiries

As ever we have dealt with several telephone and e-mail enquiries in the past month. These have come from a variety of sources including academics, family historians, students, publishers, professionals and members of the University staff. These enquiries have covered a diverse range of topics including Dundonians working in India, the genealogy of the Baxter textile dynasty, the history of the University and the records of patients in Sunnyside Hospital.



7. New Resource

Kenneth has recently compiled information relating to the Neish Family of Tannadice and Clepington. The Archive has a very interesting collection of scrapbooks belonging to the family (MS 160) which mainly contains items relating to British military campaigns from the late nineteenth century to the Great War. The Neish family had a strong military tradition and several members of the family held commissions in the Boer War and the Great War.



8. Scottish Universities Special Collections and Archives group meeting

Pat and Caroline visited Aberdeen University Library Special Collections for a meeting of the Scottish Universities Special Collections and Archives Group. Part of the meeting included a tour of the new University Library, exhibition area and Special Collections department.



9. Managing electronic records /Public History

Pat, Caroline and Alan visited the parliamentary archives based in the House of Lords in London. Part of the meeting focused on the management of electronic records, discussing tools and systems that might be suitable for use in managing the university’s digital archives. They also met Caroline Shenton, Clerk of the Records, to discuss a forthcoming Public History module for the Centre for Archive and Information Studies.



10. Archive Class

Jennifer and Caroline hosted a class of twenty College of Education students last week as part of their programme of study. The students were fascinated by the Archive collections and were particularly interested in our asylum records, letters from First World War soldiers, and the Joseph Lee prisoner of war diaries. Further information about these records and our other collections can be found online at http://134.36.1.31/search/search-all.htm.



11. Economic & Social History Society of Scotland Spring Conference

Pat, who is Convenor of the Society, attended the latest conference, held in Glasgow, which was on the subject: 'Scotland and the Indian Subcontinent'. Speakers included Professor Jim Tomlinson, University of Dundee, Dr Stana Nenadic, University of Edinburgh and Suchitra Choudhury, University of Glasgow. Following the conference delegates, speakers and chairs very appropriately met for a very good curry in Byres Road. For more information on the Society and to receive email updates on history events in Scotland email Development Officer, Dr Iain Hutchison, at iain@keapub.fsnet.co.uk.

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