Archives come in all shapes and sizes.

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They can be found in cupboards, in lofts, on wardrobes, under beds

offices

in offices

kitchens

in kitchens

cellars

in cellars

classroom

in situ

outbuildings

in outbuildings

garage

in garages

 

But by and large, once they become archives, and aren't needed every day

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archives are happiest, and live longest, when they're in an archive.

BUT...

 

 

First they need to be

cleaned

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Volunteer Anya Turner cleaning archives in 2002

and dried

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Anya became a part-time member of the team in 2004 and devised the archival CD digital back-up system we still use, the spreadhseet for which bears her name.

and sorted

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Teresa Wilmshurst joined us as a recently qualified archivist in 1998, staying with us as Assistant Archivist until 2002, making a tremendous impact including the cataloguing system which is the basis of that used today.

 and listed

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1996, before the new Archive construction: Archive Assistant Maureen Ward (left), who is still here as the Trust's Financial Officer, and our first ever Assistant Archivist, museum-trained Jenny Blackmore, who shared her time at a crucial time between PETT and her duties as the first archivist for the Guild of Handicraft Trust in neaby Chipping Campden.

and catalogued

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2007: Volunteer Sophie Kurth-Landwehr came over from her home in Germany and gave us almost an entire year, bringing phenomenal energy, dedication, competence and fun to her role as Archive Assistant.

Oh, and sleeved, de-rusty-paperclipped, identified, and catalogued some more

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2012: Volunteer Pat Mitchell began in 2004. Recently qualified archivist Matt Naylor joined the team in 2011. That's a lot of cataloguing, sleeved photographs, and fiddly preservation work under the bridge!

 

BUT...



Archives are only really happy when they are being used!

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Red Hill School, 2010

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Professor James Harding of the University of Mary Washington discovers Red Rudi's phone number among the archives in 2004

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Honorary Librarian Helen Frye (left) and artist Luke Fowler, 2002

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Professor Larry Friedman of Indiana University, 2001

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Robert Laslett, 1997

2007
Eric Broekaert and Belgian colleagues, 2007

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Wennington Archive Weekend, 2004

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Trinity Catholic School Assistant Principal Stephen Steinhaus, 2011

and and and...