Posts by LucM1

New apartheid archives subject guide at Senate House Library

Senate House Library, University of London, has created a new subject guide to its archive collections relating to apartheid which can be found at . The Library holds a number of important collections including the papers of journalist and political activist Ruth First (some of whose papers have been digitised) and of civil rights campaigner and author Mary Benson. A recently catalogued collection is the papers of economist Ronnie Bethlehem (1935-1997) which cover sanctions, monetary policy, responses to the state of emergency, the transition to democracy and the restructuring of the South African economy.

The subject guide links to the catalogues of individual collections which give conditions of access.

Seminar on the British Library’s African Collections

On 10 November 2016 Dr Marion Wallace, Curator of African Collections at the British Library and former Chair of SCOLMA, will be giving a seminar at the African Studies Centre Leiden on the experience of curating the West Africa exhibition, ‘West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song’, which was held at the British Library from October 2015 to February 2016. The exhibition traced one thousand years of West African history and brought together books, manuscripts, artworks, sound recordings and film. The seminar will also cover the British Library’s African collections in general and explain how researchers can access them. More details can be found at

SCOLMA AGM – agenda

The 2016 AGM  of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) will be held in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT, at 1.50p.m. on Tuesday 6th September 2016 during the annual conference, ‘”African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare’.


  1. Approval of the Minutes of the 53rd AGM (posted on our website ).
  1. Report of the Chair 2015/2016 (Lucy McCann).
  1. Financial Statement and approval of audited accounts (Alison Metcalfe).

Appointment of auditor.

  1. Appointment of Officers and Committee.

The following nominations have been received:


Chair – Lucy McCann, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Secretary – Sarah Rhodes, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Treasurer – Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland

Editor – Terry Barringer (individual member)

Development officer – Catherine Robertson, University of Birmingham Library

Web manager – Marilyn Glanfield (individual member)

Programme secretary – Dan Gilfoyle, The National Archives



Laurence Byrne, Senate House Library

Pat Hewitt, Robert Sainsbury Library, University of East Anglia

Barbara Spina (individual member) (elected 2015)

Marion Wallace, The British Library (elected 2014)

Dawn Wright, SOAS Library (elected 2014)


ASAUK reps: Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton, Stephanie Kitchen, International African Institute, and Toby Green, King’s College London.


  1. Nomination of John Pinfold as an honorary member of SCOLMA
  1. Any other business


Secretary:  Terry Barringer, Email