Can You Handle It?

Using Special Collections in Research

SGSAH-funded Postgraduate Symposium
Wednesday 17th May 2017
University of Dundee


“Original contribution to knowledge” is the founding principle for any PhD, and for arts and humanities students in particular, this means heading back to original sources, often into the archives.

This symposium aimed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge to defeat “library anxiety” in special collections by confronting the alien world of the archive reading room and talking, literally, about how to handle those documents.

It allowed researchers to approach material in a variety of repositories confidently and efficiently, safe in the knowledge that their handling of such materials won’t prevent their use by future generations.

A summary of this event with images from the day can be found on the SGSAH Blog