Having spent a few days working with the collection we're pleased to say that we've made a definite and positive start on the mammoth task of cataloguing, provenancing and preserving the items in the collection.
We decided to start with the documents and we managed to complete the first rough sort into categories of all of Doreen's papers, manuscripts, books, notes, diaries and original writings. While we have not been through all of them individually yet we focussed in on a number of categories, namely her original essays, her magical manuscripts and her poems and stories and we found a great deal of material in these categories alone that has previously been unpublished . . .which we hope to rectify in the future!
We've also equipped trustee Ashley Mortimer with some artefacts from the collection and some documents to enable him to begin giving talks on Doreen's legacy which we understand will begin in the next few weeks starting with some East Midlands Pagan Federation moots and gatherings spreading to Nottingham EMpyrean's invited speaker event in November and Pagan Pride in Nottingham on August 7th.
On the subject of Pagan Pride, the OFundation and the Centre For Pagan Studies is looking forward to making good on its promise to support the event and all the trustees will be there in Nottingham on August 7th to take part in the parade and give a talk on Doreen and her legacy as well as network and mingle and talk with anyone who is interested about Doreen, the collection and paganism in general.
Well, thats it for now, we'll keep blogging here with any more information as we get it including where we will be speaking and appearing and exhibiting.
Some useful weblinks:
If you know of a group near you who'd be interested in hosting one of our travelling talks / exhibitions on any scale, small and intimate or large and grand, please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley directly on email@example.com