On Sunday 18 April 2021, a fire, the fierce perhaps defining element of our times, swept down from the mountain and set our institution ablaze. Our students and staff were evacuated and luckily there were no fatalities or injuries. The Centre for Curating the Archive arranged this session as a space for the substantive gathering and sharing of information about what was lost and what the state of our collections are.
For the fifth session of the Spirals virtual seminar series, titled 'Metadata Politics', we are excited to host Dr Rebecca Kahn whose work explores how museums and archives are using the semantic web to build integrated collections, and the ethical and technological challenges presented by current data models.
Staff and students from the Centre for Curating the Archive and the APC are assisting library staff and conservators to secure water damaged materials that were salvaged from the African Studies Library.
We just got the wonderful news that while there is a lot of water damage in the basement BC 151 is intact and safe. This astonishing treasure, the love of many of our academic lives, has survived the fire.