TIHR 70 Festival Symposium

Book your place at ‘In the Shadow & Light of the Archive’. Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time is a festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute. At the heart of the festival is the Institute’s archive which over the last two years has been intricately and delicately catalogued at Wellcome Library. On Thursday 19th October we will host the … Read More

Where are the festival venues?

From the early planning stages of the festival the team met to decide where we would like the events to be hosted. It seemed obvious that the festival would take place in the home city of the Tavistock Institute, London and that we would use multiple venues, offering creativity and flexibility for the wide range of events the festival brings … Read More

Carrying our history lightly

TIHR’s Coreene Archer and Rita Keegan of the Women Artist’s Slide Library discuss the relevance, value and unexpected similarities between two very different archives. “We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiralling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.” … Read More

Conversations from the Archive

This is a conversation between Liz Cory-Pearce, Sadie King, and Mannie Sher that unfolded in the Wellcome Library reading room whilst working on the anthropological threads project. It was captured and written by Liz, who, as an anthropologist, was both participating in and observing and recording the reflective conversations as they unfolded. Anthropological Threads was a lunchtime talk that took place at … Read More

What’s our archive got to do with me? The challenges of collective reflection

Susanne Mors from the European Cultural Foundation asks the question what is the archive in the mind as an interesting parallel to TIHR’s own archive as organisational development. Inspired by a meeting with Juliet Scott and Hannah Walsh of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations last February, where we shared some of the stories and challenges related to working through … Read More

TIHR 70 Festival programme goes live

Festival website

We are delighted to launch the website for ‘Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time’, a festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute. At the heart of the festival is the Institute’s archive which over the last two years has been intricately and delicately catalogued at Wellcome Library. These two things coinciding – our anniversary and the launch of the … Read More

The fight between mould and dust: a free association from the archive

When the boxes from the archive were opened and the material was explored for cataloguing Elena Carter, with a worried look, told the Archive Project Group that one box contained mould and the item would therefore need to be treated/cleaned by Wellcome Trust’s Conservation team. Luckily the mould was limited and no major damage was done. I understand that the enemies … Read More

Calling for help to enhance Tavistock Institute biographies

Are you a Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) historian? As part of the TIHR archive project we have been working on developing the biographies of TIHR employees, past and present. These profiles will help to enhance the catalogue and provide key information that will be useful for researching the archive and the people who have been involved in the … Read More

Recreating the War Officer Selection Boards – the Social Researcher’s experience

By Matt Gieve, Researcher at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations This blog is the last in a three part series about the experiences of an archivist, a historian and a social researcher in running the War Officer Selection Boards (WOSBs) in the Wellcome Library’s Reading Room last year. Read the archivist’s experience here and the historian’s here. I joined the … Read More

Recreating the War Officer Selection Boards – the Historian’s experience

By Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library This blog is the second in a three part series about the experiences of an archivist, a historian and a social researcher in running the War Officer Selection Boards (WOSBs) in the Wellcome Library’s Reading Room last year. Read the archivist’s experience here. Before my eyes, my research rose up off … Read More