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Archive talks

Join us as we build an archive to tell the story of the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama

To open up the conversation around this exciting new treasure trove of material, the Barbican has employed a team of Research Fellows and curators, and begun hosting a series of talks and investigating the Barbican’s history.

About our Research Fellows

Matthew Harle is a researcher and archive curator. He completed his PhD at Birkbeck, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow in their department of English & Humanities. Matthew has taught literature and cultural studies at various universities and museums, and in 2014 was AHRC Research Fellow at the Huntington Library, California. His book, Afterlives of Abandoned Work, will be published in 2018 for Bloomsbury.

Prior to the Barbican, Matthew worked for the BFI, and is currently editing a book on the cult Play for Today, Penda’s Fen for Strange Attractor. Alongside academia and archives, Matthew writes about contemporary culture and programmes film seasons and exhibitions around London, most recently for the BFI Southbank, Whitechapel Gallery and National Gallery.

Tom Overton catalogued the archive of the writer and artist John Berger at the British Library as part of an AHRC-funded PhD, and edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists and Landscapes: John Berger on Art for Verso Books. He is now writing Berger's biography, and then a book on archives, migration and technology, both for Allen Lane.

Tom has worked on archival digitisation projects for the British Library and British Council and curated exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House; he has been Writer-in-Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts, Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and is currently a Visiting  Fellow at the Centre for Life-writing Research, King's College London.