Following 2011's successful series, this second series of the seminars ran during Hilary Term, from January to March 2012. Each speaker introduced documents from the Bodleian’s modern political collections and explained their significance both to them, and more widely.
The series was opened by Professor Lord (Peter) Hennessy with a lecture on Tuesday 24 January held in Convocation House in a collaboration with the Attlee Foundation. Lord Hennessy’s topic was ‘The Documentary spoor of Clement Attlee’. The lecture, and the seminars held in the Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Room, were open to academics, students and the general public.
The series was convened by the Bodleian’s modern political curator, Helen Langley; the sessions chaired by Professor Anne Deighton, Wolfson College (24 January) and Professor Martin Ceadel, New College, Oxford (6 February, for John Campbell's 'The Roy Jenkins papers'; 20 February, for Mary, Lady Jay's, 'The diary of Douglas Jay: from dictation to online resource'; and Sir David Butler's and Professor Dennis Kavanagh's, 'The David Butler papers: Sixty years of Interviews').
In the ‘Work in Progress’ session on 13 February, updates on current cataloguing projects were presented by Charlotte McKillop-Mash (the papers of Roy Jenkins), and Liz McCarthy (the Conservative Party Archive).
A new series of seminars is in preparation for Hilary Term 2013.