Archival geekery

One of the lovely things about being an archivist is that you come across all sorts of cool and unexpected stuff, and I had a really ‘Awwww’ moment today.

I’m currently sorting and cataloguing the extremely copious papers of a distinguished woman scientist, who not only went on being research-active into her ninth and tenth decades, but was also involved in activism around radiation risks through giving evidence in law-cases, speaking to campaigning groups, participating in radio and tv programmes, etc.

I suppose I might have guessed, given her interests and track record, that there’d have been some involvement with the Greenham Peace Women. I discovered today that she provided scientific evidence for the defence in one of the legal cases.

But what I found particularly charming and endearing was that she, at that time a woman in her 80s with a still very hectic career as a scientist and international activist, was also on the organising group for a Women’s Rock Concert in support of the Greenham Camp. Bless her.

9 thoughts on “Archival geekery

  1. o0splitpaw0o

    Would you be up for a podcast spot to discuss some of the problems at recent Linux conferences? I posted back something to a few women out there to jump in a previous podcast on the subject matter, but I didn’t get any word back. posting a video early 2 weeks ago, but planning another get together with people on this here shortly. Can’y have a topic without the actual input from the opposite side on the subject. thanks!

    1. Dorothea Salo

      Erm… “the opposite side”? There’s an awful lot of unhappy assumptions tied up in that one phrase. I, for one, would be hard-pressed to agree to appear on a podcast where I was “the opposition.”

    2. Liz Henry

      No… I would not… since you are clueless enough to leave this comment on a post by our Intrepid Archivist who as far as I know, has nothing to do with Linux!

  2. Bene

    Thanks so much for sharing that–I’d actually never heard of the Greenham Camp! Knowledge is power, and that’s truly amazing.

    As is the scientist you worked on. Brill.

    1. Lesley

      I’m a little hesitant to mention her name because the archive is so huge that it will be ages before the papers will be available for research!

  3. MissPrism

    I want to hear more about the scientist too! The description made me think of Charlotte Auerbach, who’s one of my heroes – was it her?

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