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Empire through the Lens – exhibition in Bristol

An exhibition has opened at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery displaying a selection of photographs and film relating to the British Empire and Commonwealth. The items come from the vast collection of images held at Bristol Archives and the selection has been made by 27 individuals, including artists, historians and relatives of the photographers, to showcase different aspects of the collection. The exhibition runs until 31 August 2018 and further information can be seen at https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/empire-through-lens/.

Bookings open for SCOLMA’s ‘Document to Digital’ conference

Bookings are now being taken for SCOLMA’s annual conference which will take place at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh on Monday 11th September 2017. The theme is ‘Document to Digital: how does digitisation aid African research?’ and speakers from Africa, Europe, the USA and the UK will consider projects which have digitised archives, photographs, grey literature and rare publications and how they have been used for academic research and wider accessibility. The keynote speaker is Jody Butterworth from the Endangered Archives Programme which, working with local partners, provides grants for the digitisation of archives which are at risk around the world.

 

The conference programme and registration form can be found at http://scolma.org/event/scolma-annual-conference-2017-document-to-digital-how-does-digitisation-aid-african-research-call-for-papers/ .

‘Book Donation Programmes for Africa’: ARD Opens Debate

No. 127 of SCOLMA’s journal African Research and Documentation has been published and contains a major article by Hans Zell and RaphaĆ«l Thierry on book donation programmes in anglophone and francophone Africa. The authors examine current book donation practices, profiling leading book donation organisations in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa, and ask whether they adhere to collection development guidelines and meet the needs of recipients, and what their impact is on local publishers and book traders. It is hoped that the article will open debate and responses and feedback are invited.

http://scolma.org/category/ard/