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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4443
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1981-1989
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 linear metre
Name of creator(s): Exploring Living Memory Steering Group


Administrative/Biographical history:

Exploring Living Memory was a project of the London History Workshop Centre which came together in 1981 to encourage the development of reminiscence work throughout London. Workshops and conferences were held in 1981 and 1982 at County Hall, and in 1983 the Greater London Council agreed to fund a much larger festival and exhibition and also to provide the Royal Festival Hall as the venue in 1984 and 1985. A dispute at The Roundhouse resulted in the exhibition being postponed in 1986 and in 1987 the exhibition was at County Hall. Special West London exhibitions were held in Hammersmith in 1987 and Gunnersbury in 1988. There were also numerous mini-exhibitions, conferences, open days and workshops.

The exhibition was overseen by the Exploring Living Memory Steering Group who outlined the following objectives in their constitution:
* encourage, support and advise people of all ages and backgrounds in the establishment, running and development of life history projects in London
* help organise any event(s) which will promote and further the work of life history projects in London
* further seek practical help and funding from relevant bodies for the benefit of promoting life history projects in London
* support and advise any staff employed by the London History Centre (LHC) for the purpose of fulfilling the above aims.

Displays were put together by various groups from schools and adult education colleges, pensioners' clubs and local history societies, patients in hospital, community groups and individuals. Some used photographs from their local public library, newspapers or their own personal collections, while others displayed children's toys and other artefacts to evoke the past.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Exploring Living Memory project, organised by the London History Workshop Centre. This collection contains files relating to the administration and organisation of the Exploring Living Memory workshops, conferences and exhibitions together with copies of images and sample sections of text used in the displays of participating groups and individuals. There are a variety of images depicting individuals, family groups and war time experiences together with images of London both past and present.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The original arrangement has been preserved.

Conditions governing access:

These records are open to public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to closure periods.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in November 2002.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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