Working in archives is a fairly new experience for me. I studied jewellery and metal design at art school and enjoyed drawing from the sources at the University of Dundee’s natural history repository. I became inspired by the archivist working there who was committed to preserving and promoting the resources in order for them to be utilised by different individuals for their own unique reasons. Being a part of this really appealed to me and lead me to pursue a career in archives. After volunteering with projects for both North Lanarkshire Archives and The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, I was delighted when I was successful in securing this traineeship.
My traineeship focuses on Outreach and Community Engagement and is split between two host organisations; Glasgow City Archives and The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections. As well as gaining valuable experience in a wide range of transferable archival skills, I will be helping these organisations to identify community groups and developing innovative ways of promoting collections to them. At The Glasgow School of Art, this will also involve looking at their international reputation and how this can be strengthened.
I look forward to the rewarding experience of working with diverse groups of people and applying my creative background to the development of new ideas that both organisations can take forward. In future, I plan to achieve a postgraduate qualification in archives and would be particularly interested in working with art and design related documentation.
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.