I have come to my traineeship from a background in engineering. Having gained a degree in Maths and Physics, I spent 18 years working in ship design. This involved detailed technical work as well as liaising with a wide range of customers and providing information to inform their decisions.
I was seeking a change in career and have a long interest in family and local history. I love finding and sharing new information, and a career in archives appealed to me. I carried out some work experience at the University of Glasgow and North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, which gave me a flavour of the work that goes on in an archive.
Having grown up in Glasgow, the traineeship at Glasgow City Archives and The Glasgow School of Art is a great opportunity to learn and share more about my city. I am fortunate to be working in two long-established and well-respected organisations, to get an insight into how they both work and to expand my skillset for the future.
The Outreach and Community Engagement post will give me valuable experience in how to take archives into communities and help groups manage their own archives. I will learn how to publicise archives online, including through social media, a different style of writing than I have worked with previously. I have already enjoyed being ‘hands on’, assisting at a WWI outreach event at Pollok Park and helping answer customers’ queries.
The traineeship will help me establish links within the heritage sector and I’m looking forward to the other trainees’ host organisation visits and the range of training opportunities.
After my traineeship I will be studying for the MSc in Information Management and Preservation at University of Glasgow, and my experience here will be invaluable for the course.
About Glasgow City Archives
Glasgow City Archives based in the Mitchell Library is the largest local authority archives in Scotland. It houses a rich archival heritage with collections of international, national and regional significance dating from the 12th to the 21st century. It includes the records of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city and once the Second City of the Empire, and other Councils, as well as a wide range of private collections from Glasgow and across the nation. The archives runs a very busy search room and wide ranging outreach service.
About The Glasgow School of Art Archives & Collections
Founded in 1845, The Glasgow School of Art has grown to become one of the United Kingdom's pre-eminent institutions for the visual arts. The archives document the School’s history, its activities, buildings, staff and students; and are an outstanding resource for the study of art, design, architecture and art education. The School holds a wide range of material from student registers, correspondence files, minute books, and photographs, to sketch books, textile samplers, architectural designs and posters.