Life during lockdown

What can archivists do when they are working from home during the Covid-19 lockdown, and not having physical access to the records they look after? One option is to watch daytime TV or catch up on box sets via the various streaming services available, but that’s not possible if you haven’t been furloughed.
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The Archives of Vanished Kingdoms

I've been reading Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe by Norman Davies (Penguin 2012). It's a fascinating book because Davies puts names such as Burgundy and Aragon into context and also shows how former 'kingdoms' often straddled current national boundaries or overlapped over time - and traces the development of kingdoms from regions into larger entities (through alliances or military takeover). He also makes the point that this process continues - one of the chapters looks at the formation of the Soviet Union and its recent end. 
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Libraries With Different Walls

Inspired by a Jonathan Meades talk in Birmingham Town Hall about architecture I started to think about two of the city’s buildings that he mentioned, because I worked in them for a while last year, namely Birmingham Central Library (aka concrete ziggurat, or brutalist) and the Library of Birmingham (aka the wedding cake, or post-modern, or high tech, or LoB). Read More…