Christian Aid 70th Anniversary Project

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|May 10, 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

To coincide with Christian Aid Week 2015 (10-16 May), our guest blog this week is by Jack Arthey, 70th Anniversary Project Manager at Christian Aid. Jack explains the work Christian Aid are undertaking to tell the story of their organisation and its work; including producing an interactive timeline of the history of the NGO, showcasing a selection of posters, photographs and videos. Jack Arthey writes: “To mark the 70th anniversary of

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Women’s History Month 2015: Papers of Diane Noakes

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|March 8, 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

To celebrate Women’s History Month 2015, the campaign to raise the profile of women’s history and to champion women of the past, we will be highlighting a number of historical collections held by SOAS Archives which reveal the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. To mark International Women’s Day, we look today at the personal papers of Diane Noakes (1911-1983), anticolonialist and labour movement activist. Mary (Diane)

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Black History Month 2014: Papers of Sol Plaatje

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 21, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

As SOAS marks Black History Month we continue to hi-light historical collections held by SOAS Archives, which reveal the long-standing Black presence in the UK, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black peoples in local, national and international arenas. This week we look at the papers of Sol Plaatje, South African writer, linguist, politician and activist . Born on 9 October 1876, Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje was a descendant of the Barolong royal house. His

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Black History Month 2014: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o manuscripts in the Heinemann African Writers Series collection at SOAS Library

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 14, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

Today we continue our celebration of Black History Month 2014 by taking a closer look at some of the manuscripts by the leading Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, which are available at SOAS Archives as part of the Heinemann Educational Books Ltd collection. These include prepublication annotated typescripts of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s famous novels ‘Weep Not, Child’, ‘A Grain of Wheat’, ‘Devil on the Cross’ [translated version of Caitaani mũtharaba-Inĩ],

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Black History Month 2014: Papers of Robert Wellesley Cole

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 7, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

As SOAS marks Black History Month we will be highlighting a number of historical collections held by SOAS Archives, and which reveal the long-standing Black presence in the UK, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black peoples in local, national and international arenas. This week we look at the papers of Dr Robert Wellesley Cole, surgeon, author and advocate for the rights of African peoples in the UK, West Africa, and across the Global African

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UN International Day of Charity: NGO & Charity Archives at SOAS Library

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|September 5, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

To celebrate UN International Day of Charity – which takes place this year on the 5th September – we are today looking in a little more detail at the archives of charities & nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) available to the public here at SOAS Archives. SOAS Archives seeks to play a national role in the preservation of the heritage of UK-based NGOs and charitable bodies who work in the fields of

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Anti-slavery literature and papers within the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society Archive

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|August 23, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

To mark the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on 23rd August each year, we are highlighting some papers collected and created by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society on the campaign against slavery. The archive of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society, held at SOAS, contains the minutes, correspondence, visual material and personal papers, documenting the missionary endeavours around the globe of a

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World Indigenous Day: Survival International Papers on Resettlement in Ethiopia

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|August 12, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

To mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – which took place on the 9th August – we are today highlighting the Survival International collection of research papers on resettlement and villagisation in Ethiopia which are available at SOAS Archives. Survival International & Resettlement and Villagisation in Ethiopia Survival International is a global human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) which campaigns for the protection of the rights of tribal, indigenous,

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World Refugee Day: The archive of the Western Sahara Campaign

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|June 20, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

To coincide with World Refugee Day (20th June), today we are highlighting the archive of the Western Sahara Campaign available to the public at Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library. World Refugee Day is a yearly event dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Background The Western Sahara conflict is a longstanding dispute in North Africa between the state of Morocco (which views the disputed-territory

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The Christian Aid archive: The origins of Christian Aid Week

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|May 16, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

  To coincide with Christian Aid Week – taking place this year between the 11th and 17th May – we highlight today some of the fascinating sources in the archive of Christian Aid which document the origins of the event. The archive, containing the historical records of the charity, is available here at Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library. Christian Aid Week is the annual fundraising drive, which sees millions

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