Recently I made a discovery that surprised me. I had always believed that if you wrote anything on a ballot paper other than an X in the box, then this would mean that the ballot would be rejected (or spoiled) and your vote would not be counted. I get the impression that this is what most people think. […]

Last night I went to a talk at KCL by the renowned philosopher and ethicist Professor Peter Singer. Singer is probably best known as the author of ‘Animal Liberation’ and for providing the intellectual underpinning for animal rights and veganism. Currently though, his interests are centred around the idea of ‘effective altruism’, and this was […]

I finished Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma on Friday, and it’s got me thinking again about professional ethics and public engagement in the archives and records management community. After an exchange of tweets with @melindahaunton and @stefarchivist the other night, I foolishly committed to trying to put my thoughts in order in a blogpost. As background, […]

As I settle into my first paid archives/records management role (and get used to the joys of a regular two and a half hour commute to glamorous Shoeburyness), I am making an effort to find time for both networking and wider thinking about my newly chosen profession. To that end I went along to my […]

Over the past 18 months, I have been keeping an eye on what’s been going on with Michael Gove and his Special Advisors at the Department for Education. This is a story which, being about the Freedom of Information Act (the gears of which grind slowly), has taken a long time to reach any sort of […]

As promised, here is my attempt at describing archives and archivists consistent with the Up Goer Five rules. It proved relatively straightforward, although not being able to use “record” did mean that I had to think more about how to define what it is that archives keep.  Before anyone else says it, yes I know […]

Sometimes social media can seriously dent your faith in fellow humans – jeez, there have been more than enough examples in recent weeks, and I’m not going to rehearse them again here.  But then something happens to remind you that it can be a fantastic tool for spreading ideas, building on them collectively and creating […]

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