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SCOLMA AGM 2018 – Agenda


The 2018 AGM will be held at the University of Birmingham at 1.30p.m. on Monday 10th September 2018 during the annual conference,”Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa’.


1. Approval of the Minutes of the 55th AGM (posted on our website http://scolma.org ).

2. Report of the Chair 2017/2018 (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)

Web manager – Jenni Skinner (African Studies Library, Cambridge)

Programme secretary – Dan Gilfoyle, The National Archives

Development officer – [vacant]



Laurence Byrne, Senate House Library (elected 2016)

Charles Fonge, University of York

Pat Hewitt, Robert Sainsbury Library, University of East Anglia (elected 2016)

Katie Sambrook, King’s College London

Nicky Sugar (Bristol Record Office) (elected 2017)

Marion Wallace, The British Library



Barbara Spina (individual member)

Dawn Wright, SOAS Library


ASAUK reps: Stephanie Kitchen, International African Institute, and Toby Green, King’s College London.


  1. Any other business



Derek Ingram Papers now catalogued

The papers of Derek Ingram (1925-2018), journalist, author and authority on the Commonwealth, have been catalogued and are available to researchers at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library in Senate House, University of London. After working for the Daily Mail for seventeen years Ingram was a founder of Gemini News Service in 1967 which provided news and commentary from across the world. In 1978 he helped to found the Commonwealth Journalists Association and regularly covered Commonwealth summits.

The papers include material relating to Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ meetings, interviews with the leaders of Commonwealth countries and coverage of elections and Commonwealth Games. The African material particularly relates to Rhodesis/Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi and includes Ingram’s involvement with the Britain-Tanzania Society, Britain-Zimbabwe Society and Zambia Society.

Further information and the catalogue can be found at http://archives.libraries.london.ac.uk/Details/archive/110051898 .

Bookings now open for SCOLMA 2018 Conference

Bookings are now open for the SCOLMA 2018 Conference which will be held at the University of Birmingham, Monday 10th September.

‘Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa’ will explore African literary archives, their creation, preservation, digitisation and use in research and teaching. African literature is multi-faceted and multi-lingual. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) not only signalled the first stages of a new outpouring of literary creativity in Africa, but also built upon long literary traditions, both oral and written. The conference will look at archives generated by novelists, poets and dramatists, whether in oral or written form and whether in modern or ‘traditional’ genres.

Full event programme, pricing details, and booking contact:


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