SCOLMA Conference 23 June 2023 – Registration now open!

Africa and the Environment
Archives and Data in the Climate Emergency

23 June 2023

A one-day conference at SOAS, London, and online

Registrations are now open!

Please see ticket options and how to book via the SCOLMA Eventbrite registration page.

Please also see details of the The National Archives event on “Knowledge exchange on the historic use of insecticides in collections” which is taking place on the 22nd June.

9.50–10.00 Welcome

10.00–10.40 Keynote

‘Sources on the Visual History of African Wildlife, 1945-1980: Images that Changed the
Animal World’
William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

10.40–11.00 Break

11.00–12.30 Panel 1: Environmental Histories, Archives and Mining

CHAIR: Miles Larmer, University of Oxford

‘Exploring the Historical Climatology of Southern Africa using Documentary Evidence from UK
David J. Nash, University of Brighton, George C.D. Adamson, Georgina H. Endfield, Stefan W. Grab, Matthew J. Hannaford, Clare Kelso and Jørgen Klein

‘Documenting Lived Experiences of Resource Extraction and Environmental Transformation
on the Copperbelt’
Iva Peša, University of Groningen

‘A Preservation History of Mining Archives: The Case of the Selection Trust and Anglo-American Corporation Environmental Archives in Zambia’s Copperbelt’
Miyanda Simabwachi, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein

12.30–13.15 Lunch break

13.15–14.00 SCOLMA AGM

14.00–15.30 Panel 2: Material Heritage, Data and the Environment

CHAIR: Jody Butterworth, Endangered Archives Programme

‘The Climate Emergency and Coastal Heritage Sites: Archival Data and Environmental
Modelling for Heritage Preservation in Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania’
Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments (MAEASaM), University of Cambridge

‘The Activating the Archive Project – Using Museum Collections to Understand Colonial
Legacies of African Environmental Histories’
Ashley Coutu, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford and Tabitha Kabora, Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York

‘Documenting Environmental Knowledge through/with/in Material Practices’
Ceri Ashley, British Museum/Nottingham Trent University

15.30–16.00 Break
16.00–17.25 Panel 3: Archival Resources and Environmental Change

CHAIR: Elizabeth Haines, The National Archives

‘The Archival Trail and the History of International Cooperation in Environmental Control:
The Case of Locusts in Southern Africa’
Admire Mseba, University of Southern California

‘The Effects of Harmattan Haze on the British Colonial and Administrative records at the
Public Records and Archives Administration (PRAAD) Tamale (Ghana)’
Ismael M. Montana, Northern Illinois University

‘Complementary and Competing but Neglected: Understanding the State of Private
Environmental Archives in Zimbabwe using the Boulton Atlantica Foundation’
Livingstone Muchefa, Curator for Education and Public Programming, National Gallery Of Zimbabwe

17.25–17.30 Conference close

This programme is subject to change.
Please note that some speakers will be giving their papers in person, and others online.

(Other enquiries can be sent to Sarah Rhodes, SCOLMA Secretary,

Knowledge exchange workshop on the historic use of insecticides in collections – at the UK National Archives on 22 June
Attendees at the SCOLMA conference 2023 are also cordially invited to a hybrid workshop hosted at the National Archives, UK on the 22nd of June. The knowledge exchange workshop will be exploring how several archives, libraries and museums are investigating and managing the presence of historic pesticide treatments of their paper-based collections. This follows recent research into TNA collections, the results of which are available in an open access paper published by Heritage Science here.

Collection specialists at King’s College London, the National History Museum London, and Durham University, as well the Collections Care Department at the National Archives, UK, have confirmed participation.

The workshop will be running as a hybrid event with options to attend onsite at Kew, and online. Please find details about timing and registration of the event on the TNA website.

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