Cultural–Historical Geographies of the Archive: Fragments, Objects and Ghosts


Correspondence address: Sarah Mills, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK LE11 3TU. E-mail:


This article reviews the increasingly diverse ways in which geographers are engaging with archives. Although traditionally associated with historical geography, cultural–historical geographers have recently ‘animated’ the archive and its collections of fragments, objects and ghosts. Through this article, I provide an overview of the central characteristics of work in this field, as well as considering the discipline's wider relationship with archival material. Overall, I reflect on the key challenges for geographers in animating and ‘bringing to life’ the archive – and by extension – the past.