Staff Details

The following section will provide brief further details on the Archive staff here at the University of East London.  We are also happy to receive enquiries in relation to our Archival collections.

LLS Archive Staff
Archivist – Paul Dudman

Name: Paul V. Dudman

Position: Archivist

Location: BS.G.02, (Library Archive Room), Docklands

Telephone: 0208 223 7676


Contact address:

Library & Learning Service : Archives
University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
London, E16 2RD

Brief Biography

Paul Dudman has been responsible for the Refugee Archive at UEL since November 2002. Paul has completed a Masters Degree in Archives Administration from Aberystwyth University after originally qualifying as a Chartered Librarian, and is now about to embark on the Archives and Records Association Registration Scheme.  Paul is a member of a range of professional bodies including the Archives and Records Association, the International Council on Archives. the British records Association and CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Paul is a member of the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and is interested in exploring the interaction of archives in relation to human rights and the preservation of third sector archives.

Areas of Interest

Archives Administration, Community Archives, Refugee Studies, History, Web 2.0

Recent Conferences Attended

The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford,  international Refugee Voices conference.
Monday 24 March – Tuesday 25 March 2014.

This conference will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation-state.

I am due to present a paper entitled, “Democratic access or privileged exclusion: preserving (and listening!) to the voice of the refugee within the archival record of the nation-state?” on the first day.  For further information,

Beyond Borders: 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists: San Diego,  9-11 August 2012.

In August 2012, I presented a paper entitled, “Rescuing Refugee Archives:  Preserving the History of the Refugee Experience, a UK Perspective,” at the Society of American Archivists 76th Annual Meeting held in San Diego.  This was part of a panel session on “Beyond Resettlement: Overcoming Hurdles to Document the Experiences and Contributions of Refugees.”


Past Conferences Attended

Thursday 27 January 2011.
Secularism, Racism and the Politics of belonging: a conference on race, religion and public policy. Organised by the CMRB and Runnymede Trust. Further details:

Tuesday 21 July 2009.
`Missing Links: the Enduring Web’ conference organised by JISC, the DPC and the UK Web Archiving Consortium. Further details:

Thursday 2 – Friday 3 July 2009.
Anglo American Historians Conference held at the Institute for Historical Research.

Thursday 11 June 2009.
`Web Usability for Archivists.’  A training event organised by the Society of Archivists to be held in Oxford.  Further details:

Friday 5 June 2009.
UCL Community Archives seminar. Further details –

Wednesday 13 May 2009.
Challenging the Parallel Lives Myth: Race, Sociology, Statistics and Politics.  10-30-1600, London School of Economics.

Friday 1 May 2009.
`Recovering Stolen Generations, Land & Culture: Indigenous Rights & Transitional Justice’ conference held at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies.
Further details:

Tuesday 28 April 2009.
`Researching Poverty: Definitions, measurements and experiences.’ A half-day workshop jointly hosted by The National Archives and The British Library.  To be held at the British Library Conference Centre.

Monday 27 April 2009.
`I was dismissed from University and Forced to Flee for my Life: The Rt Hon David Lammy, Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, ‘in conversation with persecuted academics from Iraq, Sudan and Zimbabwe.’’  To be held on Monday 27th April 2009, 6.00pm at the  Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS).  Held in conjunction with The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, (CARA), and The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).  CARA –

Monday 6 April 2009.
`Archives and the Heritage Lottery Fund: Working with Young People.’  A training event organised by the Society of Archivists and to be held at the British Library.  Further details:

Thursday 19 March & Friday 20 March 2009.
CRESC (Centre for Research in Socio-Cultural Change) Conference entitled: `Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data: Theory, Method and Ethics across Disciplines Conference – Archives 2.0.’ Held at the Marriot Hotel, Manchester.  Conference details at:

Tuesday 17 March 2009.
`Archives in London and the Heritage Lottery Fund.’  A half-day workshop organised by Archives for London, the National Council on Archives, and the Society of Archivists London Region in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and in association with the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research.  Details of the workshop:

Thursday 29 February 2009.
Launch of the `Detained Lives’ by the London Detainees Support Group.  Further information can be found on the LDSG website at and a hard copy of the report itself is also available in the Refugee Archive.  An online copy is available here –

Thursday 29 February 2009.
ELTA Conference – ‘The East End Seen Through Performance’.  A V&A Theatre Collections and UEL joint conference held at the V&A Sackler Centre Lecture Theatre.Further details –


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