ARA Learning Vlog: “Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland”

Hello and welcome to the ARA Learning Vlog, a new vlog where we will be exploring all things learning and educational in archives. My name is Jennifer Hunt and I am the Social Media Officer for the Archives Learning and Education Section.  

Have you ever wanted to create learning resources, exhibitions or even contemplated starting your own online outreach sessions but didn’t know where to start? or if you have already had experience of outreach and wanted to know what has gone into other projects, then this is the vlog for you.  

Over the next four vlogs we’ll be taking a look behind the scenes and asking your questions to people who have experience of getting creative with outreach and learning.  

In this our forth vlog we will be discussing how they developed the ‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’ exhibition which took place in August 2019. In this context we will be exploring how academics and archivists can work together to us archives to create education and learning opportunities. 

Then I will invite you all to talk about your project 


Who approached who with the idea for ‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’? 

What was the process in developing the idea for the exhibition? 

How did you work together to create the exhibition itself? 

Why should academics and archivists work together (what are the benefits of collaboration)? 

How can we archivists and academics develop working relationships? 

If you collaborated again what project would you like to work on? 

End of Vlog 

Sadly, that’s all we have time for today, thank you everyone for talking to me about your project to create a digital learning platform.  

I also want to thank everyone who submitted questions to us for this vlog. This is the last vlog in our behind-the-scenes series and we hope to have news in the near future on new vlogs and social media content.    

If you don’t want to miss out on our Vlogs then why not subscribe to the ARA Learning Blog using the link provided below this video.


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