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 Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey

Archivist, Special Collections and Archives


Based in Special Collections and Archives, I support research and teaching with Cardiff University's archives and digital collections.

I'm passionate about using heritage collections to support emerging areas of digital scholarship, including data mining, text analysis, data visualisation, network analysis, crowdsourcing, computer vision, and IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework).


Archivist, Cardiff University (2010-present)

  • Project managing the implementation of Alma Digital and its integration with existing software infrastructure
  • Rationalising legacy digital content and metadata, and defining ingest workflows with Python
  • Supporting research, and delivering teaching related to digital archives and visual culture
  • Supervising and training interns and volunteers
  • Managing and cataloguing archives
  • Curating physical and digital exhibitions
  • Creating and maintaining public-facing online content

Honours and awards

  • AHRC/RLUK Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme, 2022-23
  • Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2022
  • Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2019
  • Cardiff University Sustained Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2017
  • Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2014

Speaking engagements

Conference papers

Committees and reviewing

Advisory Board and Committee membership

Supporting research with digital archives at Cardiff University and beyond

In 2022-23, I will be undertaking a research project funded by the AHRC-RLUK Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme for research and academic libraries.

This project will deliver new infrastructure, services, and training to support the creation and use of digital archives, in order to improve the quantity, quality and sustainability of the University's research outputs.



Past projects

Co-Supervisor: CUROP/JOMEC student placement (2022)

The Victor Davis Collection: Cataloguing and researching celebrity culture of the late-twentieth century

This project examines, catalogues and promotes an extensive range of media interviews conducted by Victor Davies with numerous actors, directors and other celebrities between the late 1970s and mid-90s for the Daily Mail, Daily Express, and Daily Mirror and now held by Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives. These sound recordings – a collection of 600 tapes recently digitised in collaboration with the School of Journalism, Media and Culture – cover a range of cultural developments, political issues and celebrity lives of both public interest and relevance to research on contemporary social and cultural history.

The project will produce a detailed catalogue of the interviewees, the topics covered and (where available) the dates of the interviews. It will also deliver vital information about the digitised content necessary to promote research access to the material, including a report on the interviewer, the tabloid press of the period, the research literature on the topic, and the potential research importance of the collection.