Author: Justine WB (Archivist, Civic & Public Records)

Getting to Grips with Criminal Histories…

Hi, I'm Jenny McGarvey and I’ve been here at York Explore doing a part-time placement for the past 10 weeks. I am currently studying an MA in Public History at the University of York, and have been lucky enough to do this placement as part of the course. Today marks the end of my 10-week … Continue reading Getting to Grips with Criminal Histories…

The First World War in our archive collections

2014 marks the start of the centenary commemorations for the First World War which will be taking place over the next four years. Locally there is a lot of activity in York marking this occasion, including a major new exhibition at York Castle Museum and a wide variety of community group projects such as the Poppy Road … Continue reading The First World War in our archive collections

Join us – Community Collections Assistant

I've some great news to share today, we've  opened recruitment for a brand new post on the ALH team, a community collections assistant. We're looking for someone to join us for 6 months (full-time) to support our community collections archivist on the York: Gateway to History project. Our collection already includes over 150 archives created by … Continue reading Join us – Community Collections Assistant

Ringing the changes

Hi all, it's Justine here. Welcome to the newly tweaked City Making History blog, which I've rejigged and updated slightly to better reflect the archives service as a whole and where we are today, moving on from the original format of this blog as an online diary for the City Making History project. All the … Continue reading Ringing the changes

Old dog, new tricks

Hello all, it’s Justine again. I signed off at the end of last year as my role of project archivist was coming to an end, but a permanent vacancy came up  which I successfully applied for, so here I am again wearing my new 2014 hat, Archivist (Civic & Public Records)! I still have responsibility … Continue reading Old dog, new tricks

The CMH project: an end and a beginning

The NCGS-funded City Making History project officially comes to an end this month, though work on the civic archive will continue as part of our preparations for reopening the archive in the improved HLF-funded spaces at York Explore in late 2014. The online civic catalogue in all its glory is intended to be one of … Continue reading The CMH project: an end and a beginning

Many hands make light work

As promised, here is an introduction to the work of the  City Making History Project volunteers – processing the civic archive at item level whilst I catalogue it at series level. A while back I hosted a training and induction day for the volunteers to meet each other and me, find out about the project, and have … Continue reading Many hands make light work

Past, Present, Future

There are 6 weeks left for my part of the CMH project, and so you might think it is nearly time for me to start winding down the blog. Not so! Instead of closing it down we are instead going to open it up. They’ll be new authors and topics, as we morph it into a … Continue reading Past, Present, Future

Lucky Dip #8 – Infectious Diseases Notification Register

Today I’m back with an ole favourite, a Lucky Dip post. Lucky Dip posts are an experiment of mine where I grab a random record then try to prove how *any* document, however unlikely, can be fascinating. This Lucky Dip was not picked out by me in the usual way, but was noticed by a … Continue reading Lucky Dip #8 – Infectious Diseases Notification Register

‘Within the Walls’: Heritage Values and the Historic City – three new collaborative PhD posts

Today I have some exciting news to share that you might have heard about from other sources but that is very much worth mentioning here. Funding has been secured for three new PhD studentships in partnership between the University of York and the City of York Council. They will look at the value of heritage, using … Continue reading ‘Within the Walls’: Heritage Values and the Historic City – three new collaborative PhD posts