Celebrating 150 Years of the Royal Commonwealth Society

A new digital collection has been launched on Cambridge Digital Library to celebrate 150 years of the Royal Commonwealth Society (1868-2018) and 25 years since its library was acquired by the University of Cambridge. The new digital collection can be found at and a blog describing highlights of the material now available is at .

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 .

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.

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