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Hitherto Unknown Research Workshop

9th March, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hitherto Unknown looking at GWL zine archives Credit: Hitherto Unknown
Hitherto Unknown looking at GWL zine archives Credit: Hitherto Unknown
Hitherto Unknown looking at GWL zine archives
Credit: Hitherto Unknown

Join National Library of Scotland curators and the Hitherto Unknown team to consider the challenges of archiving non-paper texts, including film footage and web publications.

Hitherto Unknown Research Workshop, Saturday 9th March, 2pm to 4pm, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh


This workshop offers a chance to discuss how women are represented in web and moving image collections. We will also think about the uses of these collection items and the ways in which everyday lives can come to be viewed as radical statements.


Inspired by writer and social activist, Tillie Olsen, this is part of an ongoing series of research workshops across Glasgow that aim to uncover writers and stories silenced by the barriers of gender, class and race.

“Though I address myself only to silences in literature and the ways in which writing ceases to be, this dying and death of capacities encompasses more than literature.” Tillie Olsen, Silences

Since October last year, Hitherto Unknown have been searching for silenced or unheard voices in the GWL zine archives; NLS moving image archives; the Mitchell archives and special collections; on the internet, and at live events across Glasgow. We learned how to find hidden archival material from Isobel Maclellan, a librarian at the Mitchell’s Archives and Special Collections. Helen Vincent, Head of Rare Books, Maps and Music Collections talked us through the largely unexplored collections available to all at the NLS in Edinburgh. We heard from specialist web archivists at our event at Platform in Easterhouse, and visited live literature events across Glasgow, looking to find new voices from the edges. Finally, Emily Munro headed up a session looking at home movies stored at the NLS’s moving image archives.



This workshop is for open to all and is free to attend. Please book through eventbrite .





9th March, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267