No updates from me in a while, but the good news is that I have been doing something during all this time! I so enjoyed my last stint of voluntary work in an archive that I decided to take the plunge again and try more of the same in a different location. I was lucky enough to secure myself one day a week at the superb library and archive of The Society of Antiquaries of London, based in Piccadilly. Continue reading
Friday 9th June 2017 was International Archive Day and during that day I was lucky enough to be spending some time in one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe: Madrid. In previous posts, I’ve spoken about the most famous cultural attraction here – the Museo del Prado – and some of the lesser-known ones such as the Museo Cerralbo and the Naval Museum. Madrid contains many archives, museums and heritage sites, all worth their weight in gold due to the enormous wealth of history contained within them. I wanted to reflect on this history in the context of some of the things I’ve seen over the past few days here in the city, and to think about the connections which these institutions forge between the past and the present.