In the third of her articles, Ruby takes us back in time to archives across London.
An archive is a collection of material that the archivist has sought to protect and sees it as an important thing to keep and study. The archive can be a radical way of preserving events, communities, subcultures that are often left out of our history.
By documenting something and making it part of an archive it can speak to future audiences about specific experiences. The lived experience aspect of the archive is fundamental for marginalised groups such as people of colour and LGBTQ+ folk. Because although it’s improving, it is difficult to find representation for these groups within art, TV, film and the like, and it’s so important that we see ourselves to feel more connected to the world. Many artists like John Akomfrah and Arthur Jafa use the archive and therefore history to say something about the past, the present and the future.
Featured image credit: Photograph by rapper Normski courtesy of The Subcultures Archives (Youth Club).