Since leaving Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, with an HND in Business Administration and a Post-grad Diploma in Television and Multimedia, I have worked in the media industry for about 15 years. This included working as a communications officer for the public sector but latterly working as a researcher for an independent TV company where my role included researching archive material for documentaries.
This made me realise how much I enjoy history, especially local heritage and culture. I decided it was time for a change and when I saw the trainee archivist position advertised, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I was totally delighted to be accepted and to be based at Tasglann nan Eilean (Hebridean Archives) in the Western Isles.
My internship will be based on learning Traditional Archive Skills, such as cataloguing and preserving, with some outreach and education elements too. The projects I will be working on will not only be just about preserving the archives but also promoting them and the service that we can provide.
I hope by the end of the year to have more skills and knowledge within the Museums, Archives and Heritage sector that will enable me to put to good use what I have learnt and studied.
About Tasglann nan Eilean (Hebridean Archives)
Tasglann nan Eilean is the archive service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The Tasglann is responsible for historical records relating to the Western Isles, to ensure these are preserved for future generations. Our purpose is to identify, collect and preserve the records of the Comhairle and its predecessor bodies which need to be kept permanently for legal or historical reasons, as well as the archives of organisations, businesses, estates or individuals which have been gifted or deposited, and to make these available to the widest extent possible for research, education or enjoyment. We work in partnership with a network of heritage groups across the islands.
The archive service began in 2010 with the three-year Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) project, which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Comunn na Gàidhlig.