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Dr Fiona Courage

Post:Associate Director / Curator of the Mass Observation Archive (Library)
Location:LIBRARY The Keep
Email:F.P.Courage@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:7911
UK:01273 877911
International:+44 1273 877911
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Biography

I have worked at the Universiyt of Sussex Library since 1994, working in first in Frontline Services and then in Special Collections until 2017 when I joined the Library's Leadership Team.

As Special Collecitions Manager (2003-2017) I oversaw the providing access and care for the University's unique and distinct collections. My special interest has been in using archives as a tool for education and outreach, and I was awarded a Sussex Teaching Fellowship in 2010 in recognition of my work in this area. My latter years in Special Collections concentrated on the transfer of our collections and services to The Keep, a state-of-the-art archival repository centre built in partnership with East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council. I also managed the aquisition and cataloguing of the Lord Richard Attenborough Papers amongst other archives and worked with the British Library to set up The Keep as a Hub for the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Project.  

During this time I have also worked extensively with the Mass Observation Archive, and continue to be its Curator. I have given academic and public lectures on Mass Observation throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA and have written several articles on the Archive. My Doctoral thesis (awarded 2018) used the Mass Observation Project to look at how perceptions of the value of higher education in the UK have altered in the last 70 years. 

I have served on various professional committees, including the ARLIS VIsual Archives Committee, The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts and served as Chair on the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group.

 

Role

As a member of the Library Management Team, I lead the teams in Academic Services and Collections, including the University's Special Collections held at The Keep. I am also Curator of the Mass Observation Archive and a member of The Keep's Management Team.