HIV/AIDS Archive Collections in the UK: Recording an ongoing epidemic
Friday 5th December 2014
Friday 5th December 2014
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Library & Archives Service would like to announce a forthcoming one-day conference on HIV/AIDS archive collections in the UK. The conference will be held on 5th December 2014 in the Manson Lecture Theatre at the School.
The purpose of the conference is to introduce the research community to the various different archive collections held in the United Kingdom; how they were created, their historical significance and explore avenues of research and outreach opportunities within the field. The conference also celebrates the end of the Wellcome funded project to catalogue and preserve seven HIV/AIDS related collection held at the School.
10.30 – 11.30:
Keynote Lecture – Writing the history of AIDS policy making, Professor Virginia Berridge (Professor of History,Centre for History in Public Health , London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Professor Berridge will discuss her experience of working on AIDS Social History Programme that was based at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 1988-1994. The programme documented the epidemic in the UK combining document analysis, interviews and archives to report on how the UK government response formed in 1980s. The project archivist, Janet Foster, who helped compile and survey the existing AIDS archives in the UK, will join Virginia in reflecting on the programme.
11.30 – 13.00: HIV/AIDS archive resources available in the UK(representatives of institutional archives with significant HIV/AIDS collections within UK: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Wellcome Library; Lothian Health Services Archive, University of Edinburgh; London School of Economics)
In this talk, representatives of each archive will give a summary of their holdings and the significance to research for researchers and the public.
The panel will discuss the challenges and issues in holding records on a recent epidemic, exploring issues around confidentiality and the potential gaps in the UK HIV/AIDS historic record.
13.00 – 14.00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: Discussion
The afternoon session will reflect on the potential use and relevance of HIV/AIDS archives. Three short talks about the value and interpretation of archival collections:
- Emily Nicholls (Goldsmith’s), discusses her PhD research on Clinicians and archivists: between institutions and communities
- Karyn Williamson (Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University): The use of archives for HIV/AIDS community groups in Edinburgh
- Dr Adam Kucharski (Research Fellow, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology): Evaluating the potential use of historical sources and data sets for epidemiological mapping of infectious disease epidemics. Adam will discuss his work on the current Ebola outbreak and how using past data can help understand the current HIV/AIDS epidemic.
16:00-17:15: Panel Discussion: Communicating disease prevention: Now and then
Professor Kaye Wellings (Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) will chair a discussion on how public health campaigns have evolved and the continuities and changes that has occurred in this format over the last thirty years. She will be joined on the panel by historian, Dr Alex Mold (Senior Lecturer in History ,Centre for History in Public Health , London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), Dr Catherine Dodds (Lecturer, Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).
17:00: Closing remarks
The conference will be followed by a wine reception.
Admission: Registration required, see URL below.
More information: https://lshtm-hiv-archives.eventbrite.co.uk