Still Lives by Harriet Salisbury

By other museum staff on 12 Apr 2012

Following Hilary Young’s blog post Listening for a change and author Harriet Salisbury’s look at the discoveries she made while delving into the Museum of London’s oral history collections, here Harriet talks about her work with the Museum’s picture library and putting faces to the voices her new book, The War on our Doorstep. The Museum had agreed to let me use 50 of their images in my book and after time spent listening to the voices in the oral history collection, I was eager almost beyond belief to see what this world looked like. Of course, I started off […]

Take a minute to discover more about the PLA Archive

By other museum staff on 14 Jul 2011

Following on from Marie-Claire’s earlier blog post on documenting the Port of London Authority Archive , Marie-Claire now moves on to cataloguing the archive of the longest-lived of the dock companies, the East and West India Dock Company (EWIDC). This is a very different challenge: not only are there far more documents, but their structure is far more disrupted. Having learnt from our previous cataloguing, we decided to vary our approach. While it is essential to list some material at item level, others fall into sub-groups which can be adequately listed more briefly at series level.  This approach has been […]

Documenting the Port of London Authority Archive…

By john joyce on 16 Jun 2011

What do sugar, bridge construction, the Temperance Movement and the discovery of a pre-historic skeleton have in common? Well, they are just some of the subjects documented in the archive of the Port of London Authority (PLA) housed at the Museum of London Docklands. Cataloguer, Marie-Claire Wyatt, explains more: A few months ago the project to document the PLA Archive entered an exciting new stage, with the start of formal cataloguing. As you can see from the examples above, the archive has a very broad range of contents. However, its primary purpose is to document the history of the docks […]