Oct 25 2022

‘Lesbian archiving, memory making’ with Katherine Griffiths

Katherine is a former Jazz/Funk/Soul/House/Reggae/Rare Groove and some-time DJ. She played as a DJ in London in the 1980s and 1990s on the lesbian and straight club scenes playing ‘Rare Groove’ music and is now reading for her PhD in history at Royal Holloway University of London – tentatively titled ‘Going Out, Coming Out, Playing Out’.

The presentation will explore how personal ephemera can be used and engaged with as archival artefacts to evoke memories and re-collect events. Her method involves sharing these objects via oral history interviews and then connecting them with other more formal documents e.g., listings magazines to elicit responses from interviewees. Focusing on her own collection of fliers, records, and mixtapes Katherine is using this as a method to build a picture of an undocumented music scene that Black and white lesbians created in London in the 1980s and 1990s.

Exploding the Archive is a student-led initiative which hopes to explore some of the important themes within archival research and to create an engaging and open online meeting space for PhD researchers working with a variety of archival material to discuss the challenges they are facing in the archives.

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