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…
Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York – Part 3
This is the final part of my series of three posts about my ‘Community Collections Tour of York’. So far I’ve talked about families and individuals from York who, in various ways, played an important role in the life of the city. This week’s post focuses on one of York’s most well-known historical figures, a … Continue reading Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York – Part 3
Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York – Part 2
Last week I posted Part 1 of a series of 3 posts about my ‘Community Collections Tour’ of York. I talked about John Goodricke, the Morrell family, and the Gray family, most well known for their role as prominent solicitors. This week, I’ll be looking at another long-standing family legal firm, and about a York … Continue reading Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York – Part 2
Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York Part 1
Hello, I’m Georgie. I’m a Reading and Learning Advisor, usually based at York Explore Library. Since August, I’ve been seconded to our Archives & Local History department working on the Community Collections Project, alongside Sarah Tester and Francesca Taylor. Community collections consist of non-civic records belonging to individuals, families, businesses and community groups. I was … Continue reading Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York Part 1
The new series of Mint Yard lectures is finally announced!
I realise I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently, but don’t worry – I’ve been working away behind the scenes. Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of my time pulling together the new autumn programme for the Mint Yard Lectures. The lectures offer members of the public the opportunity … Continue reading The new series of Mint Yard lectures is finally announced!
A Library Girl in the Archives
Hello, I’m Georgie. This is my third week of a three month secondment to the York: Gateway to History Project as a Community Collections Assistant. I’ll be working alongside Francesca and Sarah to research and catalogue our community collections archives and explore how these can be used in future projects to engage local communities with … Continue reading A Library Girl in the Archives
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!
Gateway to Your Archives: A Sneak Preview!
You’ve probably read in my previous blog posts that I’m currently planning archive training workshops for community groups across York. As I start bringing the content for these workshops together, here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming in 2015! The consultation process for the Gateway to History project revealed to us very early on that … Continue reading Gateway to Your Archives: A Sneak Preview!
Creating a legacy for York’s Veterans
Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and with this in mind I wanted to share with you a new project we’re running as part of the Gateway to History project. You may have seen on the news today that there are a lot of anniversary ceremonies and services taking place out in Normandy. Veterans … Continue reading Creating a legacy for York’s Veterans
Creating community connections
As we head towards the summer I’m reflecting on my time in York, since those days in early January when I first started. I’m very lucky to be living and working in such a beautiful city and to be meeting such enthusiastic people with interesting archives and projects to share. I thought I'd use this … Continue reading Creating community connections