A collection of some of the principal links in the “Ruskin archive scandal” (to use the College’s description).
Hilda Kean’s blog posts
1st, 11th, 19th Oct http://hildakean.com/?m=201210
4th Oct 2012 http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/whose-archive-whose-history-destruction-of-archives-at-ruskin-college-oxford/
Freedom of Information request 4th Oct 2012 (ongoing) http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/records_management
Telegraph article 5th oct 2012 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9590455/Row-after-John-Prescotts-old-college-shreds-archive.html
Letters to the Guardian 8th Oct 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/08/ruskin-college-cultural-legacy-at-risk?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487
Statement from Ruskin 10th Oct 2012 http://www.ruskin.ac.uk/news/2012/10/10/Ruskin_Cherishes_its_Archives
Denise Pakeman 16th Oct 2012 http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/whose-archive-whose-history-destruction-of-archives-at-ruskin-college-oxford/
Eversheds’ legal advice to Ruskin 21st Oct 2012 http://www.ruskin.ac.uk/news/2012/10/21/Further_news_on_the_Ruskin_archive_scandal
Note that this appears to be on the premise that personal data would be processed by another organisation – ie transferred?
Guardian editorial 28th Oct 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/28/ruskin-archive-oxford-headington?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487
Letters to the Guardian 29th Oct 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/oct/29/records-destruction-ruskin-college?newsfeed=true
Ruskin’s facebook page throughout October https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruskin-College-Oxford/120116618020919 Note the commentary on both sides, and that the “About” page contains the comments “We reserve the right to remove any posts that may appear to be abusive or offensive in any way. Any such posts, including swearing or libellous statements will be removed without warning” before describing its mission & organisational description [suggestive of an organisation feeling under siege??]
Discussions on listservs https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A1=ind1210&L=archives-nra https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A1=ind1210&L=local-history
And probably others
Wikipedia edit pages for Ruskin College http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ruskin_College&action=history and its Principal http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Audrey_Mullender&action=history [see comments]
Petitions supported by (among others) London Socialist Historians Group, Prospect, the Historical Association, Education Activist Network
Toby Butler’s blogpost at http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/come-on-ruskin-do-the-right-thing/ was published towards the end of October, but is being updated.