[UPDATE] Consuming the Past: Library Resources for PGRs - An Interdisciplinary Conference and Training Day

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Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities

As researchers we 'consume' texts, reading, interpreting and reusing material found in archives or specialist electronic resources. Libraries are a key tool in this process. Library-based research is no longer restricted to the book, but also encompasses archived materials, electronic databases and local resources. This conference provides an opportunity to explore both the practical and theoretical issues arising from attempts to understand the past: training sessions will investigate the use of archival resources in the arts and humanities whilst panellists will also consider how texts themselves conceptualise and appropriate the past.

Taking place at Northumbria University, this one-day conference will include a training session by the British Library exhibiting new ways of accessing printed texts and manuscripts, as well as keynote addresses from Dr Matthew Grenby (Newcastle University) and Sean Creighton (independent historian). There will also be a wine reception held at the Literary & Philosophical Society – the largest independent library outside London – where a tour and description of the holdings will be offered, providing valuable training in using non-academic archives and resources.

Registration closes 1st June, and places are limited. For a registration form and the latest information, please visit our conference website: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/sassevents/condpast.