Inside the Edward James Archive: A talk by Archivist Simon Coleman

Explore Your Archive
  • South East of England

  • 02 May 2018

  • 17:30
  • FREE

This illustrated talk will introduce the personal archive of the College's founder, Edward James, and discuss how it reflects his remarkably varied and culturally active life. Best-known as the influential patron of surrealist artists such as DalĂ­, Magritte and Carrington, James' activities extended across the arts spectrum, encompassing, ballet, music and literature and involved not merely patronage but creative collaboration, publishing and art collecting. A new project to catalogue the Cultural Papers held in the Edward James Archive is currently underway. This talk will show how the archive illuminates James' varied roles and interests, his complex web of personal associations and his own private thought world. It will explain how the cataloguing project will open up the archive as a research and teaching resource by creating an online searchable catalogue for the first time. An exhibition of material from The Edward James Archive will be available to view before and after the talk. This event is free and open to the public but booking is required.

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