Archive Exhibitions

During the ‘Introduction to Archives: Rupert Brooke Case Study’ project, we had three volunteers who were school students. After explaining the catalogue to them, we asked two volunteers to select items to use in exhibitions about Rupert Brooke’s life. They were allowed to choose from selected topics, and they chose to look at his family, and his interest in drama.

  • ‘Rupert Brooke and Drama’ exhibition (Emily Wilmoth, aged 16)
  • ‘Rupert Brooke and Family’ exhibition (Daisy Ashton, aged 16)

As well as curating the online exhibitions mentioned above, these volunteers, and a third one (Phoebe Scott, aged 18), created many of the transcripts used throughout this website. If you are interested in volunteering in archives, why not contact a local repository?

When carrying out archival research, you may find you need to narrow the focus of your research. Using this approach can give great results, whether researching for an essay or creating an exhibition.

Cambridge had a ‘Greek Play’ tradition dating back to 1882, with performances being conducted entirely in Greek, which must have appealed to Rupert Brooke’s interests in both Classics and drama. He played the herald in Eumenides. [RCB/Ph/46]
Exhibition entitled 'Rupert Brooke and Drama', using items selected by archives volunteer Emily Willmoth (aged 16).
Group photograph of the Brooke and Cotterill families on steps outside house.  Rupert in the centre of the front row (RCB/Ph/9)
Exhibition entitled 'Rupert Brooke and Family', using items selected by archives volunteer Daisy Ashton (aged 16).