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
Tag: Future of the archives
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
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?
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!
This week the Explore Your Archive campaign is running across the UK and Ireland. This annual campaign was launched last year by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) to ‘raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have on individual lives.’ Its aim is to … Continue reading It’s time to Explore Your Archive!
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
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
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
Today marks the start of our exciting new volunteer project to transfer the contents of our local history card index onto the library catalogue. The card index was created between the 1960s and 2008 and contains details of all the books, pamphlets and journal articles in the local history collection – and a lot more … Continue reading A new opportunity: transforming the card catalogue
As Richard mentioned in his blog post earlier in the week, York Explore has now closed for the last phase of the Gateway to History building works. As part of the closure, earlier this week I spent time helping the staff at York Explore move part of our temporary Archives and Local History service from … Continue reading A tale of two archives services