Our brand new year.

We are planning on being the best archivers ever by making the year the best year ever. Jessica is being a busy bee cataloguing and filing.

Sam is writing down our plans for this year.  (interviewing Mr H about our trip to Standsfield)

Mollie is blogging and helping out with everyone.

This year is going to be the BEST year ever.

By Mollie Starkey Archiver

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Our Archive After School Club Blog – 2014 in review

Happy New Year to all our followers! WordPress.com gave us this summary of who is reading us, what they like and where they come from. It’s exciting to know we have followers in the US and Australia as well as lots in the UK.

It looks like people enjoy reading posts from the young people most and they like the photos so there will be lots more of both this year.

Please promote us to your friends and colleagues so more people see the great work that happens at Paganel Archives by fantastic young archivists.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 450 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Photos and Video Histories

Our last archive after school club of the term was all about finishing up and planning for next year.

Mollie, Harley, Sam, Sophie and Jessica worked hard on the photo albums, counting and measuring photos in preparation for the new non-plastic albums they will go into in the new year.

Ashfaq carried on uploading photos to the drive to add to the newest archive collection which is Cosford School Visit. This will include video histories of the children’s experiences at the RAF museum.   Mr Philp also popped in to show us how to upload the video histories directly to our catalogue so they will be digitally available.

It has been a great term at Paganel Archives, archiving and preserving of existing records and lots of ideas for archive projects that will continue to document the life of the school and community.

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Our fun in archives – by Mollie Starkey and Jessica Leigh

On the 18-11-14 in archives this is what we got up to.

Harley our fellow archiver is getting up to some important work, she’s taking photos out of plastic folders because unfortunatey the plastic is making the photos melt.

Sophie and Sam  other fellow archivers are writing down questions about how you interview people ; which is a very important job.

Ashfaq our other fellow archiver is uploading pictures of our trip to the air museum so that we can blog all about it and put photos in the archive room.

Jessica another fellow archiver is getting interviewed about our old amazing trip to Stansfeld.

In our archive club we get up to many fun activities including interviews.interviews are one of the main things in the archive club they are important because it tells people how diffirent children felt about certain activities on their side of the story.

 

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Recording Stories

This week, as well as carrying on with our photo rescuing, we have been practising recording oral histories in preparation for our next project.

The team is keen to record the stories of their peers, particularly the year 5 residential trip to Stansfeld and their own year group’s recent trip to RAF Cosford.

We worked out some open questions to ask students and some follow up questions to get more information.  We also worked out that we needed a quiet space to record in and a calm encouraging interviewing style.

The nexus tablets are great for video recording so look forward to a new set of video recordings of Paganel students in our archives soon!

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Photo rescue mission!

This week we have been involved in an emergency rescue mission of our Paganel Archive photograph collection, which dates back to when the school opened in 1938.

Following on from some water damage to one set of photos, we decided to check the condition of all of them. After a discussion with the conservationists at Birmingham Archives & Heritage at the Library of Birmingham we realised we had a couple of things to do to protect our photos.

The first was to get the photos out of their old plastic photo sleeves as with time, this plastic will degrade and begin to damage the photos underneath. It felt like not a moment too soon as we discovered some photos from the ’60s that were looking  a little worn.  We don’t have new acid free photo albums to put them in yet but we decided getting them out of the plastic was a priority, so we did that and put them in archival envelopes in boxes until we can get the right photo albums.

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Our other photographic issue, is a series of original photos that have been laminated.  Again they are at risk of the plastic degrading and damaging them.  Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to get the laminate off so we plan to scan them all so we have a digital copy. The originals will stay in the laminates, and we hope they’ll last a while, but at least there will be a back up in the archives.

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Make time for archives

These are the photos I (Ashfaq) took about our special Paganel Archives team who are always determined to get the work finished with lots of care.  Our team have experienced  a wonderful time in our Archives room.  You can always book a visit for Friday online or asking a member of staff inside our school office to visit our Archives room where there is a wide variety  of information about Paganel Primary school.

Meet the team, Nikki Thorpe (Community Archivist), Ashfaq, Jessica,  Sam, Harley and Sophie

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