Andrew Flinn is the lead researcher on the Community Archives and Identities project. He is a social historian and archival educator with a long-established interest in documenting and privileging the history of grassroots activism in range of different forms. He also has long experience of working in archival and heritage institutions, both independent and mainstream. Andrew is perhaps the academic in the UK archival field with the greatest interest in the ‘community archive’ movement (reflected in the AHRC’s award for this current research) and is active in a number of relevant professional and policy-making organisations including the National Council on Archives, the Community Archives Development Group, the Society of Archivists and the Mayor of London’s Heritage Diversity Task Force (Archives Diversification Sub-Committee).

Mary Stevens is the research associate on this project. She is responsible for maintaining the website and is collecting the fieldwork data. Her first degree was in History and French and she has a long-standing interest in the relationship between memory and collective identity, particularly in France. She wrote her PhD on the project for a national museum of immigration in France, using ethnographic methods to follow the development of the project in the three years leading up to its opening in October 2007. For more information about Mary’s research visit her PhD blog.

Elizabeth Shepherd is the supporting researcher on this project (co-investigator). Her research interests are in the management of digital records and the development of the UK archive profession, which is the subject of her PhD. Visit her UCL profile for more information.