About the Project
This three year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, presents a unique opportunity for 18 paid trainees to contribute to the care and development of Scotland’s archival heritage.
Archives chronicle the growth of the Scottish people: from kings and queens, through engineers and philosophers, to crofters and labourers or soldiers and housewives. Archivists make sure our shared public and personal memories are safe for future generations.
This is a call to create a more diverse workforce, attract new skills and people into archive services especially to work with communities, digital skills, social media and IT – essential to archives of the 21st century. The project offers new routes working in the heritage sector and we are searching for people who may never have thought about a job in this area.
Trainees will work with high profile organisations and collections, on real-life projects like commemorating World War 1, whilst learning new skills. They will help to bring the past to life for new audiences and ensure our documented national memory remains accessible to future generations.
Opening Up Scotland’s Archives is delivered by the Scottish Council on Archives in partnership with a range of host archive services, The UK National Archives, Archives and Records Association and the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Skills for the Future is a targeted grant programme to support organisations across the UK to create new opportunities for work-based training in the heritage sector. Launched in July 2009, Skills for the Future is an HLF programme supporting organisations across the UK to create new training places. HLF has awarded grants totalling £26.8m under this programme enabling traineeships with an emphasis on high-quality work-based training.
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK www.hlf.org.uk.