Tavistock at ‘Art&Activism’ in Liverpool 2020

Inviting contributions to an arts stream – Across the Universe As one of the first activities under the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding formalising the collaboration between the Tavistock Institute and Christ Church Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University, we are pleased to announce we will be curating a stream of activities at next year’s Art of Management and … Read More

Archive-A-Live! Reflections

On Thursday 7th November just before 10am, a group of us gathered at St. Luke’s Community Centre in Shoreditch, ready to begin an exploratory day that would delve deep into the Tavistock Institute’s archive. As the Tavistock Institute’s CEO Dr Eliat Aram stated in her opening speech, art has a way of opening the mind, and the symposium certainly did … Read More

I felt like I was there: Working with the digital archives of the ‘Leicester Conference’

This post by Karen Kiss, an archive student working with the Born Digital material, explores the Tavistock Institute’s archives on its annual Leicester conference, highlighting the importance of the reports and feedback written about the event and the ethical considerations linked to working with them. The archives blog has explored many of the fascinating documents the Tavistock Institute and its … Read More


A symposium exploring the Tavistock Institute’s archive. Join us for an exploratory day, including lunch, on 7 November, looking at the significance of the Tavistock Institute’s archive and the emerging practice of researching it. The day will include presentations, a ‘Pop-up’ showcase from the Wellcome Collection in response to the research potential of the Tavistock Institute’s material, lively discussions with those researching … Read More

Call for Proposals: Archive-A-Live!

Exploring responses to the Tavistock Institute’s Archive. A Tavistock Institute Annual Symposium On the 7th November 2019, we will host a one-day Symposium in central London exploring responses to the Tavistock Institute’s Archive. The Tavistock Institute has a heritage of participatory research and professional development work. It is in this spirit that we wish to hear from you about where our … Read More

Community Matters!

My path to 70th Festival celebrations In a reflection on profession and belonging, Eva Worm takes us on a journey from her first encounter with the Tavistock Institute’s 70th Anniversary Festival ‘Reimagining Human Relations in our Time’ through to the launch of the Tavistock Community and its first Annual Gathering. I am 49 years old and married with three children. … Read More

Learning the details: when honoring the past liberates the creativity in the present.

By Antonio Sama Image credit (“Pesca del pescespada a Scilla” (1949) by Renato Guttuso) how the archive inspired a new relationship with my mentor. I was invited recently to contribute to a collective book in memory of my late mentor and friend Professor Giovanni Mastroianni, who died in August 2016. This was intended as a collection of memories from his students … Read More

#4 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes From Wednesday 28 November 2018

Wellcome Library – Tavistock Institute Social Dreaming Matrix No. 4 28th November 2018, 2.00 – 3.30 Facilitators: Rachel Kelly and Tazi Smith The last of a series of four Social Dreaming Matrices held in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Library during November, where members of the public met together to reveal  their dreams and relate them to the world around … Read More

#3 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes From 22nd November

Wellcome Library – Tavistock Institute Social Dreaming Matrix No. 3 22nd November 2018, 7.00 – 8.30 13 people attended and 4 left during the matrix. 7 dreams presented 11 associations Hosts: Eliat Aram and Mannie Sher ‘Inside Out’: First dream introduced into the matrix is about being in Sierra Leone with a girlfriend who is trying to get away from … Read More

#2 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes from 16th November

‘IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT BREXIT!!’ (But quite a lot of it is…) The second Social Dreaming matrix of this series at the Wellcome Library involved 13 people, 10 of whom were there from the start, 3 who joined during the hour. 1 left during review mode. 17 dreams About 33 associations or reflections As the co-facilitators, we arrived with Brexit … Read More