Students who took part in the residentials (see above) made the following comments:
"The event was fantastic; we got a real feel for the college, the highlight being the unique opportunity to see the archive first hand."
"It has been very interesting to see the archive files and learn about Rupert Brooke. I have learned how to access the archives."
Asked what they had learned about archives, they said:
"How they work, their purpose and how important they are! Being able to look around one helped me to understand their function and why they can be so helpful."
"They contain a great number of resources I would have beforehand deemed inconsequential to study, when actually these journals, letters and photographs have been incredibly enlightening."
"I learnt how to use archives and the risks of subjectivity in the construction of archives but also saw the importance of archives in improving academic research and our understanding of past events and people."
"How to actually use archives and more about the importance of context to textual analysis and interpretation."
"The dire need for them when researching."
Asked what they found most interesting about archives, they said:
"Being able to see documents that are so old, and then going on to study them in depth was fascinating! I didn’t realise how interesting they were."
"The sheer quantity of the primary sources that need to be researched and synthesised before being able to make both correct and profound observations."
"How much there is! It’s amazing to see letters between such influential people and to consider that all writing, even that not deliberately made for publication, has great value when considering an author."
Many of the students who attended the residentials said they would recommend them to a friend and that they would consider using archives in the future.