Tag: History of the archives

Farewell from your Community Collections & Outreach Archivist

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

A new opportunity: transforming the card catalogue

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

Lucky Dip #4 – Chamberlains’ account books 1666-1679

Aisle 4 contains some of our older civic records. Let me introduce you to Lucky Dip #4 – Chamberlains' account books 1666-1679 [CB 26]. The Chamberlains kept the official City accounts, and the post goes back at least as far as 1290 in York. We have two major series of their records, known as the Chamberlains’ … Continue reading Lucky Dip #4 – Chamberlains’ account books 1666-1679

Strongrooms past and present

Hello and welcome to a slightly delayed post due to the Bank Holiday weekend. One of the fun parts of having a blog, is looking at the statistics to see where people are coming from to visit the site. So far I’ve had over 2000 hits from 21 countries on every continent apart from Antarctica which is pretty … Continue reading Strongrooms past and present

Out and about

Last week I had a bit of a change from my normal routine. I went to the University of Manchester to take part in a training course, and the archives hosted a visit from 46 members of the York Civic Trust. As I’ve mentioned before, the new digital catalogue will be available online. There are … Continue reading Out and about


Behind the ever-developing theories and methods for working with archives, there are two central tenets that archivists can pretty much agree on: access and preservation. This cataloguing project is targeted primarily at access, but as the rain fell and the river levels rose in York over the weekend, our attention switched back to preservation as … Continue reading Floodwatch

Beginning with books

It’s the beginning of Week 4, and I’m settling in well. I’ve got my desk, door keys and (most importantly) I know where to find the tea. For any cataloguing project, an archivist has to have a Plan – I can’t just pick up boxes and start making lists of what's inside. My job is to get an understanding of the … Continue reading Beginning with books