So long, and thanks for all the fish

Two years ago this week, I started my two-year part-time MA in Archives and Records Management at University College London. After years of hammering away at an undergraduate degree through the Open University and finally at a bricks-and-mortar university, I was about to start a postgraduate degree which would qualify me as an archivist. I … Continue reading So long, and thanks for all the fish

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Developing your archive skills: collection surveys

The Developing Your Archive Skills series is aimed at anyone interested in a career in archives (and anyone looking to enhance their skills), and I will be highlighting a range of different courses, training days, and opportunities for skills development. Preservation Assessment Survey Workshop The British Library in collaboration with West Dean College have come … Continue reading Developing your archive skills: collection surveys

Developing your archive skills: doing digitisation

The Developing Your Archive Skills series is aimed at anyone interested in a career in archives (and anyone looking to enhance their skills), and I will be highlighting a range of different courses, training days, and opportunities for skills development. Doing Digitisation The British Library is back with another great short course on Doing Digitisation in … Continue reading Developing your archive skills: doing digitisation

Suffragettes vs. the State: an exhibition at The National Archives

On International Archives Day (9th June) I went to The National Archives and visited Suffragettes vs. the State, an exhibition which explores the militant side of the twentieth-century women's suffrage movement. The exhibition is laid out in an open room,centered around a set of desks strewn with paperwork in an office style layout, which symbolises the State. … Continue reading Suffragettes vs. the State: an exhibition at The National Archives

Preparing for an Archive Digitisation Project (via TownsWeb Archiving)

In my role as an Assistant Archivist, I have been spending a lot of time over the last six months working on a digitisation project. This is not something that I have had any prior experience in and it has been an interesting and challenging learning curve. TownsWeb Archiving, a digitisation specialist within the Heritage … Continue reading Preparing for an Archive Digitisation Project (via TownsWeb Archiving)

GDPR (in memes)

Today (25th May 2018) is THAT day. The day that the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. Rather than a sensible, factual and potentially helpful blog post, I'm celebrating this momentous, headache-generating occasion by sharing some of my favourite GDPR memes.       If you'd actually like some sensible information about GDPR, then … Continue reading GDPR (in memes)

Developing Your Archive Skills: Reading Old Documents

To go with the new look and new name of the blog, I'm also coming you with a new series of blog posts - Developing Your Archive Skills. This series is aimed at anyone interested in a career in archives (and anyone looking to enhance their skills), and I will be highlighting a range of … Continue reading Developing Your Archive Skills: Reading Old Documents

How to Network: a #HarrodsCareersWeek event

Last month I experienced one of Harrods' twice-yearly Careers Week events, featuring a wide range of workshops, lectures and career stories. I took the opportunity to get out of the office and attend six different sessions, and one such session was "How to Network", run by one of Harrods ' learning advisors, Rebecca Williams. There are lots … Continue reading How to Network: a #HarrodsCareersWeek event

Developing Your Archive Skills: Preserving Historic Photographs

The Developing Your Archive Skills series is aimed at anyone interested in a career in archives (and anyone looking to enhance their skills), and I will be highlighting a range of different courses, training days, and opportunities for skills development. Preserving Historic Photographs Photographic collections are a fantastic resource for getting a visual grasp of … Continue reading Developing Your Archive Skills: Preserving Historic Photographs

Digitisation from an archival point of view (via R3:store Studios)

In my day job, I'm currently working on a project to digitise a set of magnetic tapes. This is not something that can be done in-house, and so the company who have been chosen to help digitise the collection and bring it back to life is R3:store Studios, who are based in East London. Having … Continue reading Digitisation from an archival point of view (via R3:store Studios)