The time has come to reflect and officially bring to a close the York: Gateway to History project. It has been an incredible two years and we at Explore have come together as one Library and Archive service. My role on the project is also coming to an end this week and I can't believe … Continue reading Farewell from your Community Collections & Outreach Archivist
Author: Sarah Tester (CC&O Archivist)
Partnering with York Learning
The York: Gateway to History project has worked with so many different people to improve engagement with archives. One of the ways we have done this is through our partnership with York Learning, part of City of York Council. They provide a wide range of courses and opportunities ‘to support lifelong learning, develop people's skills … Continue reading Partnering with York Learning
Ware and tear – The challenges of cataloguing a large solicitors archive
This week I wanted to share the journey of one of our archive cataloguing projects and how we made a 78 box collection accessible to the public for the first time. Our volunteers work incredibly hard and you've heard from and about them in our earlier blog posts and on social media. They dedicate their … Continue reading Ware and tear – The challenges of cataloguing a large solicitors archive
NEW art project launched at York Explore
Do you remember at the start of the year we ran ‘What Should York Remember?’ and the Archives Roadshow? We mentioned there could be an art project in the pipeline and that you should wait for details….well your wait is over! I’m pleased to announce the results of the Roadshow and to launch ‘What York … Continue reading NEW art project launched at York Explore
What makes you a Yorkie?
I’m sat in one of our branch libraries and a member of the public walks in; I ask, ‘What do you think York should remember?’ The member of the public replies, ‘O, well I’m not from York’ Probing further I ask, ‘How long have you lived here?’ ‘Around 30 years’ they answer, quickly followed by … Continue reading What makes you a Yorkie?
Coming soon to a library near you…
This year we’re pleased to announce that we’re taking archives and local history out across Explore's branch libraries in our first ever Archives Roadshow. We’re thrilled with our new archive service at Explore York but we know that for many of you, the local library is still the heart and soul of your community. That’s … Continue reading Coming soon to a library near you…
The Community archive collections are coming!
January 5th is fast approaching and the whole team is busy preparing York Explore for opening. Right now a team of library and archive staff are hard at work stocking the shelves and preparing archive collections. Preparing the archives has been a process that Francesca, Georgie and I have been working on since August and … Continue reading The Community archive collections are coming!
Something new is coming to Poppleton…
I've been quiet for a while on the blog, but we've had some fantastic posts from Francesca and Georgie, keeping us all entertained! Our new archive facility at York Explore Library will open on the 5th January, but how does this affect our branch libraries? I'm pleased to announce the launch of our latest pilot … Continue reading Something new is coming to Poppleton…
Join us – Education and Public Programmes Officer
I’m thrilled to announce that we’re now recruiting for another new post as part of the ALH team, Education and Public Programmes Officer. The post is for 1 year (part time) and we’re looking for a creative, innovative person to develop and deliver our learning programme for primary and secondary schools, and families. I’m already … Continue reading Join us – Education and Public Programmes Officer
Libraries & Archives together at last!
Today I’m feeling inspired as I’ve just returned from the second day of my tour of Explore York Libraries. I have been overwhelmed by the dedication, community spirit and welcome we received from both staff and users. I've never worked as part of a library service before so when I was invited to tour the … Continue reading Libraries & Archives together at last!