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Last updated:08 May 2018

Salford University - Animating the Archives

Event location: Working Class Movement Library

Date: 16th May 2018

Event time: 14:00 to 17:00

Students from the University’s School of Arts and Media take over the Library space with theatre performances and presentations inspired by archival materials. There will be performance, readings and displays both of original material and of the students’ responses to these.

We will hear from students on the 'Victorian Literature: Progress and Panic' module who were asked to complete close readings of extracts from the Library holdings for their first assessment. The students spent a morning at the Library working with the texts. Excerpts from the best student essays are also being published on the Library blog, www.wcml.org.uk/blog.

‘Language Through Literature’ students will offer a showcase of their group project work at the event. Inspired by the Library’s Voting for Change project, they worked on textual analysis of archival materials relating to the history of voting and political campaigning, held by the Library and by the University of Salford Archives. For the project, they gave a presentation and a written reflection of their experiences of working together in this way and we hope that such experiences of ‘mini-project-management’ will help to support and empower them as they progress in their degrees.

This year’s Theatre Making students are creating short theatre pieces in response to themes celebrating the WCML’s recent acquisition, as part of the Voting for Change project, of a first edition copy of Cicely Hamilton’s Marriage as a Trade. This book is a seminal 1909 polemic that criticises the institution of marriage at the time and its restriction on women. The students have used a range of materials from the Library collections relating to marriage, monogamy, and notions of a ‘radical’ or socialist future from that era, and they will present five small theatre pieces which they have created in response to these.

The event is free, with light refreshments available.  Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time during the afternoon.

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