Visiting professor Dorothy Sheridan MBE has been responsible for developing the Mass Observation Archive since its inception in 1976 and is on the advisory board of the Centre for Memory, History and Narratives.
She has served on a number of editorial boards, is a Trustee of the National Life Story Collection at the British Library and a director of QueenSpark Books.
Dorothy Sheridan has been responsible for outstanding work in developing the Mass Observation Archive (MOA) at the University of Sussex, since its inception in 1976. This invaluable research resource has inspired and informed numerous historical studies of British society and culture since the 1930s and has been recognised by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council through National Designated Status. From 2011, Dorothy will be a Trustee of the Archive. She has published a number of key publications drawing on archive material, from Speak For Yourself (with Angus Calder, 1984) and Wartime Women (1990), to Writing Ourselves (with Brian Street and David Bloome (2000). She assisted with the launch of the new phase of Mass Observation in 1981 and directed until 2010. Dorothy has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University and awarded an MBE.
Dorothy was also co-founder (with Alistair Thomson) of the Life History Research Centre at the University of Sussex and, with him, designed and taught the MA in Life History Research. She has served on a number of editorial boards, is a Trustee of the National Life Story Collection at the British Library and a director of QueenSpark Books, the long established community publishing group based in the University of Brighton. Her research and archival work has led her to substantial involvement with a number of research bodies including the AHRC and the ESRC. Dorothy’s standing within the field has also been displayed through her distinctive contributions to a vast array of international conferences and networks. Dorothy’s expertise benefits the faculty specifically through her membership of the advisory board for the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories.