After completing a year at Edinburgh College of Art and then leaving to make my way in the ‘real world’, I then gained 22 years of experience in the graphic design industry spanning employment with three Edinburgh based agencies and covering both the traditional print and new media areas, where I delivered a range of design services to both the corporate and public sector markets.
I have always had a background interest in history and how, by studying the past, it can add to my understanding of the world and so when I found myself unemployed I finally decided to try and pursue a career in the heritage sector, a move I had been considering for a few years. Encouraged by my younger brother to volunteer for a local archive, I have been employing and developing my skills with the support of the team at the West Lothian Council Archives and Records Management Service for the last four years. It is at West Lothian that I learned of the large amount of material both written and photographic that is held within archives, waiting to be digitised, released and shared. It is also through volunteering that I realised I had many skills that could be utilised in the heritage sector, but also the lack of knowledge I have in relation to the oversight and operation of an archive as a whole. Therefore when this traineeship was advertised, encouraged by both family and staff, I applied.
Having been accepted for the Digitisation Trainee position at the Falkirk Archives it is my hope that I can further adapt my digital skills to the needs of the heritage sector and those in the community it serves, whilst developing my knowledge of the overall operation and daily needs of a successful working archive.
About Falkirk Archives
Falkirk Archives is managed by Falkirk Community Trust and provides the archives service for Falkirk Council. The collections are broadly typical of a local archives service, with records of the various local authorities, local businesses, local organisations, community groups and estate, family and personal papers.
A significant photograph collection includes images of people, places and events in the local area. We make all these collections available through our search room facility and through on-line catalogues and a Collections Browser.