A Library Girl in the Archives

Hello, I’m Georgie. This is my third week of a three month secondment to the York: Gateway to History Project as a Community Collections Assistant. I’ll be working alongside Francesca  and Sarah to research and catalogue our community collections archives and explore how these can be used in future projects to engage local communities with our Archives.

At the end of my first week!

At the end of my first week!

Community collections are the records of groups, organizations, families and individuals who played a role in the city’s past. The project also involves engaging with a wide range of current community groups to help them make decisions about how to preserve their own archives for future generations.

I have actually worked for Explore York Libraries and Archives for ten years, as a Reading and Learning Advisor. I worked at our central branch on Museum Street up until it closed for refurbishment in June 2014. After that I was based at our Acomb branch, and although I enjoyed working there, I missed my daily contact with our Archives and Local History department. I was very excited to be offered the opportunity to be seconded to the Gateway to History project, and to get the chance to work in an archives environment.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks researching some of our community archives, particularly focusing on those of families and individuals. I have come across some fascinating and quirky records and I hope to share some of these in future blog posts.

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3 thoughts on “A Library Girl in the Archives

  1. Hi.

    Hope this goes well.

    Please note my new email address lize_elly2@outlook.com as my ‘BT’ address will cease to function soon. I have used the link at the bottom of this email but cannot see how to amend email details there. If this email gets to the wrong person for this sort of thing, could you please forward it on as appropriate. I have requested this before

    Thank you

    Elisabeth Etheridge

  2. Pingback: York: A City Making History | Where Do You Think You Are? A Community Collections Tour of York Part 1

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