Karen Garvey – Writing an archive: the Bristol Black Archives Partnership

Writing the Empire: Scribblings from Below

An international & interdisciplinary conference

Phillipe de Vigors, ‘Convicts letter writing at Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, 1849’
Reproduced by kind permission of the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

 

Event Dates: 24 June 2010
Bristol, UK

Karen Garvey (Bristol Record Office & Museum of Bristol)
Writing an archive: the Bristol Black Archives Partnership

The Bristol Black Archives Partnership protects and promotes the history of African-Caribbean people in Bristol. It collect archives and objects that enable people to enjoy and experience their heritage and encourage everyone to have a deeper appreciation of Bristol’s diverse history across time. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this unique partnership allows the contributions and achievements of people of African and Caribbean descent to be not only fully recognized but also preserved as a legacy for future generations. The collection of material empowers people to explore their heritage, and to share their stories for the benefit of themselves and other communities. Official launched by veteran politician Tony Benn in March 2007, the Partnership embraces African-Caribbean organisations and individuals, Bristol’s Museums, Galleries and Archives Service, Bristol’s Libraries, the University of the West of Enland and England’s Past for Everyone, H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Bristol and others. It was set up when Paul Stephenson, civil rights campaigner and first Black Honorary Freeman of the City of Bristol, placed his own personal archives with Bristol City’s Record Office for safekeeping.

Karen Garvey, Bristol Record Office & Museum of Bristol
Having studied history at Cambridge and then archival studies at Liverpool University, Karen became a professional archivist. She was appointed as the first Outreach, Inclusion and Learning Archivist for Bristol Record Office in 2004 and during this time has worked extensively with community groups. One of her main roles was Project Manager for the Bristol Black Archives Partnership, which is an alliance of community, heritage and academic organisations and individuals. She has been a board member of St Paul’s Youth Promotion, and a steering group member for Bristol’s Emancipation Day celebrations and World On Our Doorstep Festival. She is currently seconded as the Gallery Lead (Living Bristol) for Bristol’s new museum, M Shed, which launches in 2011 to tell the stories of diverse people who have shaped the city’s history across time.

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