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

New Photograph and Film Collections available at Bristol Record Office

Bristol Record Office is undertaking a project to audit the photographic and film collections which it received from the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and to catalogue a selection of them. A number of collections, covering over 6,500 photographs and 70 films and including material on Africa, are now available for research. The catalogue for photographs is at and the catalogue for films at . More catalogues will be added as the project continues until October 2017.

40th Anniversary of Soweto Uprising

16th June 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the uprising by Soweto school students which inspired an international movement against apartheid. ‘Remember Soweto’ is a symposium being held at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedord Way, London WC1, 5-8pm on 16th June, where former student activists, historians and journalists will reflect on the domestic and regional importance of the uprising and its legacy today ( On 18th June the ‘Spirit of Soweto: racism and rebellion 40 years on’ conference will be held at the Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Newcastle University NE1 7RU, 11am-5pm, to learn from South Africa’s experience in nourishing anti-racist and international solidarity movements in 2016 (