It has been over a year since I last posted and so much has happened since then that I thought I would write an update and tell you all about it.
Last time I posted I was working on cataloguing the 400 files for Ipswich, which I have now completed. I am no longer grappling with what seemed like thousands of staples and pins, but instead taking the time to repackage and re-box the files, improving their condition. As our enquiry service has now opened, I have been helping to answer some of the questions asked which gives me a great opportunity to delve in and use the collection!
The main event however, was the 75th Anniversary, which gave me the chance to help with preparations. I created display boards detailing the history of the organisation and helped write the descriptions for the 75 objects timeline. The greatest opportunity however, came during the Anniversary Service at St Pauls where I was given the task of carrying the Roll of Honour down the aisle. I felt so proud to be given such a responsibility and so privileged to be allowed to be a part of such an important occasion in the organisation’s history. It was an unforgettable experience and one I will always treasure.
Since my last post I have also been accepted on to the Archive and Records Management masters course at the University of Dundee and have just completed my first year of study. It was due to my voluntary experience that I secured a place, and now as I study, I receive continued support and guidance from the archivist, Matthew, who is so generous with his time, helping me with any difficulties I face. Volunteering at the archive has allowed me to put theory into practice, giving me an invaluable understanding of the role and responsibilities of an archivist in their mission to preserve and make available their collections.
I have gained so much from volunteering and have been made to feel appreciated and that the work I do genuinely makes a difference to the future of the collection. I am so glad that I applied for the opportunity and so grateful for all that has been done to help me on my way to securing a career. I never know what challenges and projects I will be involved with next and that is what is so exciting… I look forward to keeping you all updated!
Posted by Hannah Tinkler at 00:00
Friday, 27 September 2013.