Dr Andrew Flinn is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History in the Department of Information Studies at University College London, teaching oral history, access to archives and information and public history courses. He is the vice chair of the UK Community Archives and Heritage Group and joint coordinator of the Archives Cluster in the joint University of Gothenburg / UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. He is also a member of the European team in the InterPARES Trust research project. In 2011 he was the Allen Smith Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College Boston, in September 2015 an invited visiting scholar at Monash University and in 2017 a visiting researcher at the University of Gothenburg. Prior to coming to UCL he studied at the University of Manchester (PhD, 1999) and worked at the People’s History Museum in Manchester and the British Museum. His research interests include community-based and participatory heritage practices, archival activism and social justice, documenting grassroots political movements, and radical public history, oral history and DIY / participatory approaches to knowledge production aiming at social change and transformation (including the History Workshop and Dig Where You Stand movements). Relevant publications include (with Duff and Wallace) Archives and Social Justice, Routledge (forthcoming 2019), ‘Working with the past: making history of struggle part of the struggle’ in Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements (eds Aziz & Vally, 2018) and ‘Community Archives’ in the Encyclopaedia of Archival Science (eds Duranti & Franks 2015).
Further information can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/information-studies/andrew-flinn and on twitter @andyucl