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The Future of the Archive

Libby Clark (PtJA Project Manager) talks about the final major Performing the Jewish Archive activity, The Future of the Archive conference, taking place at the British Library, London from the 14-16 January 2018.

Plans are currently in full swing for the final major Performing the Jewish Archive project activity – our project conference, The Future of the Archive, which is taking place at the British Library in London from the 14-16 January 2018.

Old ManuscriptsThe conference aims to act as a beacon for further research and builds on three years of activity, based on the premise that performing Jewish archives specifically helps shed light on a host of wider cultural, scientific and political concerns.  We have a packed programme of exciting talks and panel sessions with delegates attending from over the world and representing a wide range of organisations.  Members of the Performing the Jewish Archive team are looking forward to showcasing a range of outcomes from the project, and are looking forward to networking with delegates and hearing more about their research and work. The full programme is available here         

We are delighted to welcome Professor Michael Berkowitz as the conference keynote speaker.  Michael has been a key supporter of Performing the Jewish Archive project activities over the last three years and so we are very pleased that he can be a part of our final conference.   

We are also looking forward to an evening concert of music by Mozart, Klein and Pavel Fischer which will be performed by the Cassia Quartet on Monday 15 January.  The Cassia performed two concerts back in June 2016 at the Leeds & York at the ‘Out of the Shadows festival’, and we are delighted to welcome them back to our final project event.     

As we lead up to the Christmas break, the conference committee are busy finalising arrangements for what we hope will be a very successful and fulfilling three days.  Do look out for messages from the committee over the coming weeks with information about the practical and logistical elements of the conference.  We are extremely grateful to the British Library for working in partnership with us to host the conference. Particular thank must go to Dr Rupert Ridgewell, Curator of Printed Music at the British Library, for working so openly and collaboratively with us to ensure the success of the conference.

We look forward very much to welcoming you to London in January 2018.  

Libby Clark

Project Manager and Future of the Archive conference committee member

November 2017          

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