The (Anti) Colonial Archives Working Group brings together archival practitioners, cultural heritage and GLAM sector professionals and volunteers and academic researchers with the aims of developing decolonial and anti-racist methodologies in our work through:
- Sharing good practice and knowledge
- Building networks across institutions, professions and internationally
- Creating resources and training sessions
It will provide a space for reflection and discussion on how collection-holding institutions and researchers deal with the challenges of presenting archival materials from collections formed by or about colonial institutions.
This discussion of the colonial past and present of archives will include points of view from both ends of the colonial experience, with the purpose of eliciting education, research, policy-making and political debate that is conducive to better practice in the Cultural Heritage sector and play a role in countering historic and current injustices.
The Working Group will meet on an ad-hoc basis until the next Cultural Heritage Data School in 2023 and will report back on its activities to the Data School.
Membership is by invitation however we have a mailing list and hope to organise some networking and public events in the near future.
The Working Group is supported by Cambridge Digital Humanities as an activity of the Cambridge Data Schools.