This is probably not the advised method of moving archives around a town; but we have too much paper and we’re trying to resort 2000 files from Equatoria Province in a small house with no air con. Give us a break.
But at least I’ve managed to recruit a large number of interested archaeology/history students from Juba University! Marlene, our indefatigable, classy and highly organised visiting South Sudanese student doing an MA at Makerere, organised a field trip today to the tent, where nearly 20 well-dressed students got down and dirty trying to sort loose paper into something resembling safely bundled piles ready for transfer to a less, well, horrible place.
And early next week I’m giving a talk on the archives project at Juba University, mostly to the History students, and also taking the Catholic University students on a tour of Munuki’s archive collection. Basically the thing that will save the archives in the long term is sustained local pressure and interest; in my last six weeks working on the archives, this is what I’m going to try to start up.