Learned societies - and think tanks - in historic buildings periodically get to the point where a complete refurbishment has to happen. This involves a lot of planning and preparation for packing up and moving collections to storage that I won't bore you with; it also creates an opportunity for finding 'stuff' that adds to the greater whole of the heritage and legacy you are managing. This talk will focus on the things I have found in dank basement corners, secret cupboards in paneling, and cupboards within cupboards.


This is an entirely synchronous seminar: no preparation in advance (except for the speaker, obviously), no recordings afterwards, just an expert speaker talking on Zoom for around half and hour followed by group discussion and chat.

Jacqui Grainger

Speaker: Jacqui Grainger


Jacqui Grainger is Librarian of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and a Techne AHRC CDA candidate at the University of Westminster, researching the history of the 'lost' RUSI Museum. She is the chair of APML, the Association of Pall Mall Libraries and on the committee of the Historic Libraries Forum. Her research interests include histories of collecting, women's writing, women's history, identity and memory.


The seminar will be chaired by Anne Welsh.