Beyond the National Archives: researching Ghana's past

We have long enjoyed a positive relationship with the University of Ghana, Legon – our first Director, the notable JD Fage, began his career teaching there. The newly named Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) is nurturing its historical relationships with African universities as well as developing new ones – leading to exciting new collaborations.

The British Academy awarded the sizeable sum of £26,000 to an exciting collaboration between Dr Kate Skinner, Lecturer in the History of Africa and its Diasporas and Dr Wilson Yayoh, Head of the Department of African Studies at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. The pair first met when Wilson was studying for his PhD in the UK.

During 2013 and 2014, workshops in Ghana brought together Ghanaian, British and American researchers with experience of working with unconventional sources focusing on the theme 'Beyond the National Archives: innovation and inter-disciplinarity in researching Ghana’s past'. We hoped to highlight how much there is to learn from oral and written sources produced in African languages and incorporate this into a new research training module which is being developed by Dr Yayoh