Mr Karl Magee

University Archivist

Library and Archives Research Support Stirling

Mr Karl Magee

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About me

About me

Archivist at the University of Stirling since 2003.

Over 25 years professional experience in a range of cultural institutions including the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; the National Archives of Ireland; and the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Trustee / Director of the National Library of Scotland Foundation.

Chair of the Archives & Records Association, the leading professional body for archivists, records managers and archive conservators in the UK and Ireland (2018-2020).

Research (3)

Responsible for the care, management and promotion of collections held in the University of Stirling Archives which include the NHS Forth Valley Archive, the Musicians' Union Archive and the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive.

Current projects:

  • The cataloguing of the archives of Aberlour Children's Charity (supported by the Archives Revealed Programme)
  • Culture on Campus: Opening-up the University of Stirling's Archives and Art Collection (AHRC, Capability for Collections Fund)
  • Back to the Future: Archiving Residential Children's Homes in Scotland and Germany (Co-Investigator, AHRC / German Research Foundation collaborative research scheme)

Archival curator of Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, a touring exhibition which has visited twenty venues across Scotland since the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Project manager of Tales from the Ring: Celebrating Scotland's Boxing Heritage, a National Heritage Lottery Fund project collecting and preserving the history of Scottish boxing.

Advocacy and professional support for the wider archival sector through trustee role with the Archives and Records Association, the professional membership body for archivists, records managers and archive conservators in the UK and Ireland.


Living Archives in Residential Child Care: using the past to inform the future
PI: Professor Ruth Emond
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Scottish Cultural Memory Project
PI: Professor N Blain
Funded by: Creative Scotland

The Cinema Authorship of Lindsay Anderson
PI: Professor John Izod
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Outputs (17)


Book Chapter

Magee K (2019) Thinking outside the box: crowdfunding the Peter Mackay Archive. In: Benoit, III E & Eveleigh A (eds.) Participatory Archives: Theory and Practice. London: Facet Publishing, pp. 149-155.

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Magee K (2017) Lost in the crowd: building and managing communities of interest. DCDC 2017 The cultural value of collections and the creative economy, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, 27.11.2017-29.11.2017.

Book Chapter

Magee K (2016) Lindsay Anderson: Child of Empire. In: Hedling E & Dupin C C (eds.) Lindsay Anderson Revisited: Unknown Aspects of a Film Director. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 27-40.;

Conference Paper

Haynes R & Magee K (2015) Hosts and Champions: Taking the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive on tour. ‘In a league of their own’: archives of the history of British sport and physical recreation, 2015 British Records Association conference, London, 26.11.2015-26.11.2015. Archives: Journal of the British Records Association, L (130-1), pp. 37-46.

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Izod J & Magee K (2013) Lindsay Anderson, Film, Theatre and In Celebration (Keynote Speech). 20th Annual Scottish Word and Image Group Conference, University of Dundee, 22.06.2013-23.06.2013.

Authored Book

Izod J, Magee K, Hannan K & Gourdin-Sangouard I (2012) Lindsay Anderson: Cinema Authorship. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


Magee K (2012) University of Stirling Archives. Scottish Archives, 18, pp. 108-118.

Book Chapter

Izod J, Magee K, MacKenzie K & Gourdin-Sangouard I (2010) Music / Industry / Politics: Alan Price's Roles in O Lucky Man!. In: Forster L & Harper S (eds.) British Culture and Society in the 1970s: The Lost Decade. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 201-212.

Book Chapter

Izod J, Magee K, MacKenzie K & Gourdin-Sangouard I (2010) '"What is there to smile at?" Lindsay Anderson’s O Lucky Man!'. In: Newland P (ed.) Don't Look Now: British Cinema in the 1970s. Chicago: Intellect, pp. 215-228.,id=4699/

Book Chapter

Magee K (2008) Hooray for Hollywood? The unmade films of Lindsay Anderson. In: North D (ed.) Sights Unseen: Unfinished British Films. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 121-140.