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Sidestepping

Searching for embodied experiences of work and labour in the Institute’s archive

A.K. Rice: A Forgotten Giant at The Tavistock Institute

Jean Neumann and Antonio Sama trace A.K. Rice’s legacy embedded and captured in articles, books and other source documents.

Lunchtime Talks
How ‘Human Relations’ Got Its Name

The Journal as Boundary Object

Lunchtime Talks
What is restored to the picture by delving into the Tavistock archive?

Alice White’s lunchtime talk provides insight into the people, processes, challenges and opportunities behind the Civil Resettlement Units of the 1940s.

Lunchtime Talks
Exploring Harold Bridger’s Archive

This talk explores the ways in which Harold Bridger shaped the history, memory, and identity of the Tavistock Institute between the years 1947 and c.1990

Lunchtime Talks
Festival — 70 years of the Tavistock Institute
Conference
Everything is scattered and the tower has collapsed

Exploring the role of art in activism at the Art of Management and Organisation Conference.

Funded Doctoral Opportunity
Relational Practices and the Tavistock Institute's Archive
#1 Social Dreaming Matrix: Social Dreaming Matters Through Dream Sharing. Notes from the first matrix 1st November 2021
#2 Social Dreaming Matrix: Social Dreaming Matters Through Dream Sharing. Notes from the second matrix 4th November 2021
#3 Social Dreaming Matrix: Social Dreaming Matters Through Dream Sharing. Notes from the third matrix 8th November 2021
Awakening an Untamed Presence
In conversation with Simone Kennedy, Visiting Artist-in-Residence.
No ostriches in the sand
Working to open up our ‘Born Digital’ archive. In autumn 2014, we established our paper archive at the Wellcome Library. It holds a comprehensive record of the formation, establishment and development of TIHR over a period of 70 years...
#15 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from the final matrix and review 24th June 2021
#14 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 – a year on. Notes from 17th June 2021
Dreaming Of Compassion
Archer, C (2021) ‘Dreaming Of Compassion’. In K. Waddington (ed.) Towards the Compassionate University: From Golden Thread to Global Impact. London: Routledge.
#13 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 - a year on. Notes from 10th June 2021
# 12 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 3rd June 2021
# 11 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 27 May 2021
# 9 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on Notes from 13th May 21
#10 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 20th May
#8 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 6th May 21
#7 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 29th April 21
#6 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 22nd April 21
#5 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 15th April 21
#4 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 8th April 21
#3 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 1st April 21
#2 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 25th March 21
#1 Social Dreaming Matrix: Covid-19 a year on. Notes from 18th March 21
Social Dreaming Matrix
Online dreaming sessions
Rediscovering Harold Bridger
His Life, Work and Legacy
Harold Bridger in his own words

A Wellcome Trust funded archival project to catalogue the records of Harold Bridger (1909-2005).

#16 Social Dreaming Matrix and Review during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 25th June
#15 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 22nd June
#14 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 18th June
#13 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 15th June
#12 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 11th June
#11 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 8th June
#10 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 4th June
#9 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 1st June
#8 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 28 May
#7 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 21 May
#6 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 18 May
#5 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 14 May
#4 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 11 May
If we were to give the session a title it would be: Lemon Drop Soup to the Superhero • 48 participants – about 34 female/ 14 male • We lost count of dreams.. and associations..
#3 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 7 May 2020
#2 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 4 May 2020
#1 Social Dreaming Matrix during the Covid-19 pandemic. Notes from 30 April 2020
Social Dreaming Matrix
Online dreaming sessions during Covid-19
The Vocational Potential of Anthropology: Teaching Organisational Research Through Practitioner Archives
Cory Pearce. E. and Scott J., (2020).  'The Vocational Potential of Anthropology: Teaching Organisational Research Through Practitioner Archives' in  Teaching Anthropology, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 10-24.
The Experience of Being 70 or Over
On Being an Orphan – an untold story
Dynamics at Boardroom Level
Tavistock at ‘Art & Activism’ in Liverpool 2020
Inviting contributions to an arts stream – Across the Universe
Tavistock at ‘Art&Activism’ in Liverpool 2020
I felt like I was there

Working with the digital archives of the Leicester Conference, a post by Karen Kiss.

Archive-A-Live!
A symposium exploring the Tavistock Institute’s archive.
Accepting the Constancy of Subjectivity

Personal reflections from working with the TIHR archive

Call for Proposals: Archive-A-Live!
The Social Dreaming International Network (SDiN)
We warmly welcome the SDiN in a new collaborative partnership.
TIHR wins National Archive Scoping Grant!
Born Digital - kickstarting the next phase of our archive strategy.
Community Matters!
Social media in emergencies: A representative study on citizens’ perception in Germany
Reuter, C., Kaufhold, M. A., Spielhofer, T., & Hahne, A. S. (2017). Social media in emergencies: A representative study on citizens’ perception in Germany. Proceedings of the ACM: Human Computer Interaction (PACM): Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 1(2), 1-19.
Learning the details: when honoring the past liberates the creativity in the present.

Antonio Sama relates how the archive inspired a new relationship with his mentor.

#4 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes From Wednesday 28 November 2018
#3 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes From 22nd November
#2 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes from 16th November
#1 Social Dreaming Matrix Notes from 6th November
TIHR storm Chicago!
Read about the symposium convened by Jean Neumann at this year’s Academy of Management Conference in Chicago.
On not being an academic & representing TIHR at the Academy of Management
‘Tavi-stock-taking’ with Dr Sadie King
Opening the Tavistock Institute’s Archives: Dialogue between Past and Present
International Symposium delivers on 70th festival promise at AOM Annual Meeting
Inviting proposals from experienced Digital Records Management Consultants
Featuring from the ArchLive: Ambient Jam Collective
Keeping you informed about content and resources from our 70th Anniversary Celebrations festival.
Conference: exploring the Tavistock and Portman archives
Thank You Letter from #TIHR70
Bringing you news and photos from our Four Days in October...
Festival Social Dreaming Matrices #4: Friday 20 Oct 2017
Festival Social Dreaming Matrices #3: Thurs 19 Oct 2017
Festival Social Dreaming Matrices #2: Wed 18 Oct 2017
Festival Social Dreaming Matrices #1: Tue 17 Oct 2017
Goodwill greeting from The Rockefeller Foundation
The 70th anniversary of the Tavistock Institute is a significant achievement that deserves all our admiration and attention.  Congratulations on organizing yet another incredible festival. We so wish that we could be there with all of you on this special occasion....
Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Tavistock Clinic: A Conversation Between two Archives
Final Festival Picks
With just a few days to the opening of Reimagining Human Relations in our Time...
Announcing Release of New Material
an invitation from the amazon
Henry Riley: A Personal History of Human Relations
Where are the festival venues?
Animating Evidence
Carrying our history lightly
TIHR’s Coreene Archer and Rita Keegan of the Women Artist’s Slide Library discuss the relevance, value and unexpected similarities between two very different archives. “We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiralling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.” These are the words of the writer Shirley Abbott and I think they contain a deep truth. For me, they are relevant and equally meaningful to an individual and to an organisation. In this piece, I apply their truth to both individual and organisation through the lens of exploring the creation of an archive, a body of work which too is passed from generation to generation. With the passage of time how we think about and understand information changes [...]
Remembering Brendan Duddy: the Secret Peacemaker
Carrying our history lightly
TIHR’s Coreene Archer and Rita Keegan of the Women Artist’s Slide Library discuss the relevance, value and unexpected similarities between two very different archives.
Conversations from the Archive
Impact of Tavistock Group Relations & Individual Consultation
Learning from young leaders in the Peruvian Amazon
BED
Ambient Jam Collective
Testing Times: What Did it Take to be a War Officer in WWII?
Time-Travelling Through the Tavistock Archives
Human Relations 70th Anniversary Workshop
What’s our archive got to do with me? The challenges of collective reflection
Library Tour & Archive Show & Tell
Library Tour & Archive Show & Tell
A Participatory Performance: Shadows and Light
A Participatory Performance: Shadows and Light
Living the Paradox: the Art of the Here and Now
Living on a Prayer: Worship Posture as a Model for Societal Cohesion
TIHR & Tavistock Clinic: Historical Reflections & Thoughts for the Future Tavistock Enterprise
Living Archive Conversations
Living Archive Conversations
Exploring Connectedness
TIHR 70 Festival programme goes live
We are delighted to launch the website for ‘Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time’, a festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute. At the heart of the festival is the Institute’s archive which over the last two years has been intricately and delicately catalogued at Wellcome Library. These two things coinciding – our anniversary and the launch of the archive – are a great cause for celebration because the insights of our forebears as they tackled past societal challenges, which we have always drawn upon as an organisation, are now available to you [...]
Group Relations Event for the Silver Generation
Crossing Borders
Complexity, Evaluation & Theory of Change
Digital Transformation & Leadership in Times of Industry 4.0
Uncanny Pleasure: All the Colour Nature Possesses
Here is Where I am
Before the Beginning and After the End
Tavistock Poetry Reading
Symposium: In the Shadow & Light of the Archive
Festival Social Dreaming Matrices
Past, Present & Future: From the Tavistock Institute Archive
Object Relations: A Still Life Exhibition
TIHR Projects Over the Decades
Customising TIHR Traditions: Dialogue Towards an International Symposium
Decades On: So where to for Group Relations in South Africa?
History at Work: Building Organisational Memory, Empathy & Compassion
From Dystopias to Desirable Futures in Human Relations
Democracy at Risk: How Group Relations Illuminates
From 'Authority & Leadership' to Identities & Cultures in Violent Conflict
Acting in the Here & Then: The Theatre of Working Together, 2017-2087
Virtual Simulations
Activating the Alumni & Programme Showcase
New Wine in Old Bottles - Intransigent Problems of Health & Social Care
When Things Go Wrong... How Organisational Development Can Help
The Earth Body We Live in and its Energetic Resources
North/South: an English Workshop
Echoes of Fraternity
Welcome to the What Works Wheel
The fight between mould and dust: a free association from the archive
When the boxes from the archive were opened and the material was explored for cataloguing Elena Carter, with a worried look, told the Archive Project Group that one box contained mould and the item would therefore need to be treated/cleaned by Wellcome Trust's Conservation team. Luckily the mould was limited and no major damage was done. I understand that the enemies of archives, and libraries, are fire, flood and man-made catastrophes [...]
Calling for help to enhance Tavistock Institute biographies
Recreating the War Officer Selection Boards – the Social Researcher's experience
Recreating the War Officer Selection Boards – the Historian's experience
Recreating the War Officer Selection Boards - the Archivist's experience
New Materials, New Methodologies: Joining the TIHR Archive Project
As a recently qualified Archivist, I have taken on the role of Project Archivist for this exciting project. In my first blog post, I offer just a short reflection on my new role and what it means to be newly involved at this exciting stage. Beginning a new job always brings that age old mixture of excitement, apprehension and wariness of the unknown. It was no different for me as the new Project Archivist on my first day at the Wellcome Library, foraying into the as yet unrevealed world and materials of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) [...]
From Ahmedabad to TCBL: an evaluator’s perspective on the Institute’s work in the textiles sector
Papers relating to the Tavistock Institute’s work in the cotton mills have now been catalogued as part of the Tavistock Institute Archive Project and are available for research at Wellcome Library. The archive covers the experimental reorganisation of weaving in both Indian and American cotton mills, from the perspectives of A K Rice and Eric Miller working in the field. Records include project papers, detailed field notes, research material and data, and correspondence. Clothes are something we put on every day. And yet, most of us pay little attention to who makes them, the raw material, skills and technology needed to produce them, where they are made, and the waste that is generated by making and buying clothes. [...]
Changing the story: management panaceas as narrative interventions
Whittle, Susan Rosina (2015) 'Changing the story: management panaceas as narrative interventions', in Anders Ortenblad (ed.) Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK; Chapter 10, 173-189.
Stepping into Practice
A review of part 2 Social Dreaming
This time the review began with a shorter social dreaming matrix Facilitation: Valerie Brown and Mannie Sher 10 people were present, 6 dreams and 11 associations were made [...]
Call for Contributions extended!
We are delighted and excited to be issuing this call inviting contributions to our festival in October 2017. Taking place over four days, Reimagining Human Relations in our Time, will be a multi-sited event taking place in the public domain. Its aims are: To engage and expand research interest in the Tavistock Institute’s archive material that is being catalogued at the Wellcome Library. To invite creative participation in our programme of work; our philosophical approach; applied methodologies and their potential in tackling current societal challenges. To offer activities consistent with the Tavistock Institute’s history and practice that will support an improved understanding of wellbeing- in its individual, organisational and societal dimensions. [...]
Podcast: Psychoanalytic Study and the Ethical Imagination: the making, finding and losing of a tradition
Part 2 Social Dreaming Note #6: Tues 28 Feb 2017
Part 2 Social Dreaming #5: Tuesday 28th February: Wellcome Collection Reading Room Facilitation and write-up: Anne Benson and Rachel Kelly The final matrix of this series. 22 people joined. A matrix of few dreams and many associations. The dreams were vivid and detailed [...]
Part 2 Social Dreaming Note #5: Weds 22 Feb 2017
Part 2 Social Dreaming #5: Tuesday 22nd February: Wellcome Collection Reading Room Facilitation and write-up: Camilla Child and Sol Szekir-Papasavva 24 people came to the matrix and 22 stayed 27 dreams were presented and 24 associations made [...]
Part 2 Social Dreaming Note #4: Tues 7 Feb 2017
Part 2 Social Dreaming #4: Tuesday 7th February: Wellcome Collection Reading Room Facilitation and write-up: Coreene Archer and Heather Stradling 15 people attended and all stayed 10 dreams were presented and over 35 associations made. [...]
In Praise of Archives
When we visited the Tavistock Institute archive in 2013 it looked like it had seen better days. It consisted of box files pushed into cupboards. But all the documents were intact and are now gradually being catalogued, thanks to Juliet Scott and her team at the TIHR Archive Project, with support from the Wellcome Library [...]
Mining the archives: exploring the potential for new applications of STS thinking and practice
Audio Recording: Exploring the potential for new applications of STS thinking and practice. In this talk Camilla Child looks to the Tavistock archives and takes us briefly through STS history and current practice. She looks at recent work with fresh eyes to see if we can uncover new understandings for future practice.
Part 2 Social Dreaming Note #3: Tues 24 Jan 2017
Part 2 Social Dreaming Note #2: Thurs 19 Jan 2017
Part 2 Social Dreaming #2: Thursday 19th January: Wellcome Collection Reading Room Facilitation and write up: Elizabeth Cory-Pearce and Mannie Sher The second Social Dreaming event for 2017 had 16 dreamers, 12 of whom stayed until the end of the session 11 dreams were presented Forty four or so associations were made [...]
Part 2 Social Dreaming Note #1: Thurs 12 Jan 2017
Invitation to Dream Again in the Wellcome Library Reading Room
It’s nearly six months since Friday 24th June when we kicked off the first series of Social Dreaming matrices in the Wellcome Library Reading Room. Brexit was unfolding, dreams were colourful and colourless, uncertainty prevailed. The questions we took in to these were on dreams and archival practice, on what happens in the recovery and relocation of an organisation’s archive and the relationship of this material to the world we live in now ...
Some thoughts on the nature of distraction
Distraction surrounds us every day in work: from the ambient clatter and noise of the open plan office, to the ringing and beeping of phones, the flurry of emails, and chatter of colleagues. Today I’ve been thinking today about the nature of distraction at work, but particularly in archival work. Cataloguing requires focus and attention, the careful sifting through of streams of data to try and make order out of chaos. I sit at my desk, my trolley of boxes beside me making a wall, a little archive cave of brown cardboard ...
Writing Without TIHR Archives
Only after I committed to writing the chapter did I remember that TIHR’s archives would be unavailable to me. I had been invited to contribute to a book about people the editors considered “great change thinkers”. I noted that Kurt Lewin, Eric Trist and Fred Emery were claimed already on an initial list of possibilities. I proposed successfully to lead on a chapter about Eric Miller, with colleague, Antonio Sama, leading on one about A. K. Rice ...
Lessons of leadership from another age
It has been virtually impossible over the past month to escape the fiercely contested American presidential campaigns. Newspapers, social media, and television have all been caught up in debating what makes a good leader. Donald Trump was chosen by the people – was he the right choice? ...
“Bringing distinction and quality back to the word consultancy.” - Mannie Sher
Testing times: What did it take to be a War Officer in WWII?
Using materials uncovered in the Tavistock archive, join us for a series of events to recreate war period psychology recruitment methods. Test your mettle through a combination of individual and group tests, including word association, thematic apperception, and some moustaches that Henry Wellcome himself would have been jealous of. Wednesday 16 November 15.00-17.00 Thursday 24 November 19.00-21.00 Friday 2 December 19.00-21.00 In the Reading Room, Wellcome Collection ...
“Eat it! It’s good for you!”: A personal response to the TIHR Fish Fingers Study of 1962
Sweets, Cats and Kitchens: My experience cataloguing the TIHR archive material
On a blue skied Monday in July I made my way to Euston station to join Elena Carter, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relation’s (TIHR) archivist, at the Wellcome Trust. This was the first day of my short placement where I was helping to catalogue the remaining registered document series reports (SA/TIH/B/1) before they were released in early September. As an apprentice at the TIHR opportunities come in a variety of places and as a member of the archive project team it seemed appropriate that I would be able to interact with the material and learn more about how the TIHR became what I now know it to be ...
The ‘Anthropological Thread’ in the Tavistock Institute of Human Relation’s Archive Lunchtime Talk
Object Relations: an exhibition of still life prints, drawings and paintings
Object Relations: an exhibition of still life prints, drawings and paintings by Juliet Scott Helmsley Arts Centre, Yorkshire Tuesday 4th October to Friday 28th October 2016 This exhibition in Helmsley Arts Centre, Yorkshire will be the first iteration of work emerging in my role as artist-in-residence of the Tavistock Institute’s archive project ...
#7 Summer Dreaming: write up of the Social Dreaming Matrices review by Juliet Scott
Held in the Wellcome Library, Reading Room on Wednesday 7th September 2016 Attended by facilitators from the Tavistock Institute; staff from the Wellcome Library and two participants who hadn’t attended any of the matrices but were interested to hear all about them ...
Social Science in Action: reports from Tavistock Institute Archive
From the Archive
Preservation and mutability: salt and the archive – two dynamic systems

I have been thinking about salt a lot recently. Maybe a strange way to start a blog for the TIHR Archive Project but actually there are many connections between the qualities of salt and the archive.

Were you involved in our dreaming about the archive?
Social dreaming #6: Thu 28 July 2016
Social Dreaming Note #5: Tues 19 July 2016
Social Dreaming Note #4: Thurs 14 July 2016
Social Dreaming Note #3: Thurs 7th July 2016
Social Dreaming Note #2: Thursday 30 June 2016
Social Dreaming Note #1: Friday 24 June 2016
Social Dreaming Note: Facilitator’s Meeting
Fitting square pegs into round holes: why a traditional hierarchical arrangement wouldn’t work for the Tavistock Institute archive
So here’s the way we do things in the archive world: You have your boxes of papers, all messy and disorganised. Then you try and impose some order on them, trying to make sense of how the records were originally created and maintained. After a well-earned tea break (of course, a safe distance away from the original, unique documents!), you start to organise them into neat and pretty categories and form a lovely tidy hierarchy, which supposedly reflects the structure and organisation of the creating body. Or that’s the theory anyway ...
Representation, Place, and Equivalent Realities: an Exploration of Relational Perspectives on Representation and Meaning
Izod, Karen (2016). 'Representation, Place, and Equivalent Realities: an Exploration of Relational Perspectives on Representation and Meaning', Organisational and Social Dynamics, Volume 16, Number 1, May 2016, pp. 110-128(19). Karnac Books.
"It’s about the history, the memory of the organisation.” - Juliet Scott
The Tavistock Archives: An Open and Closed Case
Alice White who has recently completed PhD research using the archive writes. As the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations’ (TIHR) archives are being catalogued, ready to be opened up to new audiences, I have been thinking a lot about access to knowledge generally, and to knowledge about the TIHR’s history specifically ...
From the Archive
On Institutional Memory and the Role of the Archivist
Since starting this project in October, I’ve been thinking about my role as archivist for the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR). I’ve been considering what it means to open up a previously inaccessible archive collection, and the dynamics of bringing the collection out of the storage centre and into the light. I’ve also been thinking about what we mean when we talk about archives and institutional memory, and the role that an archive plays in organisational development and as a form of socio-cultural intervention ...
Invitation to dream about the archive: social dreaming at Wellcome Collection
Social Dreaming Matrices at the Wellcome Library Reading room - starting Friday 24th June If dreams are in part the expression of our unconscious, can we work with the archive as the unconscious of organisational life? [...]
From the Archive
Documenting the Archive: Film Footage, Moving Forward
This video is the second record from our series of documenting the beginnings of the archive project. It tells the enthusiastic response from our partners as they comment on the progress of the boxes whilst they were going through the final stage of work before being re homed in the Wellcome Library ...
Healing with Words and Ideas: from past, present to future with Mannie Sher
As an advisory group member of the Archive Project, I was stimulated to think of my personal archive and how to make it available to the TIHR Archive process. After discovering some notes I had made in 1989 when I was part of a Board to which Eric Miller had been invited to consult ...
“Awareness is the difference between looking and seeing, and between hearing and listening.” - Rachel Kelly, on the Yoga Event at the Leicester Conference
From the Archive
An Inspirational Walk
We all know the route we take every day to work; we know what corner to turn and what road to cross. We know what line to take and what change to make as we reluctantly descend the escalators where we cram onto a literal tube filled with people we don’t know yet hate even before we see their faces. However, maybe we didn’t know that our favourite pub to go for drinks with colleagues is actually the oldest pub in town [...]
This Summer
A response from Karen Izod, consultant, coaching practitioner, and professional partner of the Tavistock Institute. I was fascinated to hear of these 'object relations' cards. I remember them well, they formed part of the selection process when I applied to do the clinical social work training at the Tavistock Clinic in 1983 which began what is now a long relationship with both the Clinic and the Institute. We had about 2 minutes per card to write an associative narrative to the shapes and shadows that we saw in them. The whole process took about 30 minutes [...]
Documenting the Archive: Film Footage From Up River
A set of Object Relations Cards – The Story of an Artistic Encounter with Social Science
The single most significant development of my relationship with The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations was the discovery of an area of psychological theory known as Object Relations. I don’t know when I first heard the term but it began to mean something for me when I attended a Group Relations Conference in Israel [...]
From the Archive
The artistry of the archive
Launching our new blog to document the emergent TIHR archive.
Is the Working Hypothesis in the Detail?
I have just finished reading Paura Reverenza Terrore (that can be translated as Fear Reverence Terror). It is a book of “political iconography” (as the subtitle reads) by Carlo Ginzburg, an Italian historian of ideas. The book is a collection of five essays published between 2001 and 2009 and for the first time offered to the Italian reader within one publication...
“Three hundred boxes?! That’s a lot isn’t it?”
“Three hundred boxes?! That’s a lot isn’t it?” Me: “Erm..yeah I guess so” “How do you even start to make sense of all that stuff?” I’ve been having a few conversations along these lines at the moment. The non-archivist I’m talking to will look puzzled as I say the key words: New job. Tavistock Institute. 300+ boxes. 2 years. Archive. Cataloguing [...]
Introducing the Wellcome Element
This article describes the current role of the Wellcome Trust in the Tavistock Institute Archive Project. The partner organisation to the Tavistock Institute’s Archive Project is the Wellcome Trust, “an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, because good health makes life better”. The Trust provides annually £700 million to support bright minds in [...]
From the Archive
What is the Blog
Working on an organisation’s archive is not just a technical venture aiming at ordering and filing documents. Working on an organisation’s archive is working on an organisation’s history, on an organisation’s identity and primary task and on how this has been shaped over time and space. Working on an organisation’s archive is working with ideas, artefacts, people, memories of people, and strong or faded memories of communities...
Understanding and working with the psychodynamics of practitioner-patient relationships in the manual therapies
Sher, D. & Sher, M. (2015). 'Understanding and working with the psychodynamics of practitioner-patient relationships in the manual therapies'. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. Vol. 20, pp. 1-7.
The Oedipus Complex, Creativity and the Legacies of Group Relations
Practice: Social Work in Action
Elizabeth Harlow & Karen Izod (2015) 'Special Issue - The Supervision of Social Work Practice'
Evaluation of Child Poverty Pilots: Delivering Improved Services for Separating Parents.
Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, BPSR and TNS-BMRB (2011) Evaluation of Child Poverty Pilots: Delivering Improved Services for Separating Parents. DfE.
Relationship Support Interventions Evaluation
Personal Relationships and Poverty: An Evidence and Policy Review
Stock, L, Corlyon, J, Castellanos Serrano, C, and Gieve, M. (2014). Personal Relationships and Poverty: An Evidence and Policy Review. JRF.
A Partnership of Policing and Health Systems: containing the dynamics of sexual violence
Sher, M. (2015). 'A Partnership of Policing and Health Systems: containing the dynamics of sexual violence'. In: D. Armstrong and M. Rustin (Eds.), Social Defences Against Anxiety: explorations in a paradigm. Tavistock Clinic series. London: Karnac Books.
Resource-ful Consulting: Working with your Presence and Identity in Consulting to Change
Izod, Karen & Whittle, Susan Rosina (2014). Resource-ful Consulting: Working with your Presence and Identity in Consulting to Change, London: Karnac Books.
Barriers to inclusion and successful engagement of parents in mainstream services: evidence and research
Corlyon, J. and La Placaa, V. (2014). 'Barriers to inclusion and successful engagement of parents in mainstream services: evidence and research', Journal of Children’s Services Vol 9, 3, pp. 220-234.
Innovation or Stagnation – Social Work Organisations as Models of Behaviour for Clients
Sher, M. (2014). 'Innovation or Stagnation – Social Work Organisations as Models of Behaviour for Clients', Social Theory, Empirics, Policy and Practice. Vol. 9.
Group Relations Work in China – Challenges, Risks & Impact for Organisational Development
Özdemir, H. & Sher, M. (2014). 'Group Relations Work in China – Challenges, Risks & Impact for Organisational Development', Challenging Organisations & Society. Vol. 3. No. 1. pp. 5012-517.
Capacity Building: What the literature tells us
Whittle S., Colgan A. and Rafferty M. (2012). Capacity Building: What the literature tells us. Dublin: The Centre for Effective Services.
A Reflective Archive
Our history in the present, the archive as organisational development.
Evaluating politically sensitive programmes: the case of Preventing Violent Extremism (Prevent)
G. Iacopini and L. Stock. (2013) Evaluating Politically Sensitive Programmes: The Case of Preventing Violent Extremism (Prevent), British Library MBS Portal, 2013.
Challenges Recruiting Families with Children at Risk of Anti-Social Behaviour into Intervention Trials
Stateva, M., Minton, J., Beckett, C., Doolan, M., Ford, T., Kallitsoglou, A. and Scott, S. (2012). 'Challenges Recruiting Families with Children at Risk of Anti-Social Behaviour into Intervention Trials', Journal of Children’s Services, Vol. 7 (4) pp. 285 – 302.
Social tourism and organised capitalism: research, policy and practice
Corlyon, J. and La Placaa, V. (2013). ‘Social tourism and organised capitalism: research, policy and practice’, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, published online: 09 Sep 2013.
Researchers watch this space
Curating a socio cultural and historical record of the Tavistock Institute’s contribution to social change.
The Tavistock Group
Abraham, F. (2013). 'The Tavistock Group'. In The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists, eds. Morgen Witzel and Malcolm Warner, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Consulting to Organisational Implications of Technical Change
Effecting Organisational Change in Large Complex Systems: A Collaborative Consultancy Approach
Sociotechnology and the Environment: The Tavistocks Contribution to Job and Organisational Design
User Perspectives
Improving Children's Health (2): An Analysis of Health Improvement Programmes 2000-2003
Educating Prospective Managers in the Complexity of Organisational Life: Teaching and Learning from a Complexity Perspective
Evaluation of the New Deal for Disabled People: Innovative Schemes Pilot
Leadership in Residential Child Care: Evaluating Qualification Training
Organisationsentwicklung: Stand der entwicklung und perspektiven
When Technological Innovation is Not Enough. Understanding the take up of Energy Technology
Models of Organisation: An Introduction for Social Care Professionals
The Tavistock Institute Contribution to Job and Organisational Design (Volumes 1 & 2)
Dependency, Alienation or Partnership? The Changing Relationship of the Individual to the Enterprise
Personality and Work Performance: Some Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Firms
Three Contemporary Challenges for OD Practitioners
The Dynamics of Change: Tavistock Approaches to Improving Social Systems
The Tavistock Institute Archive

The archive project aims to celebrate and re imagine the 75-plus years work of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations by making its archival material accessible and engaging newly with it.

Food for Thought — Lunchtime Talks

We invite you to consider yourself as part of our popular Food for Thought lunchtime talk series.

Informal sessions that take place on the third Wednesday of each month, between 1 pm – 2.30 pm in our London workspace. The intention is to provide a space for debate and reflection between Tavistock staff, those who are or have been collaborating with us and other interested researchers and practitioners.

70 years of the Tavistock Institute

A record of events that took place as part of ‘Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time’, a festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, which took place in October 2017.

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