A New Start

This blog post is about the start of Archive Club for this school year, what has changed and what there is to look forward to. It was written by Tom Jordan.

20171009_162308The first session of the Paganel Archive After-School club in this school year was the start of an exciting new chapter. As ever, there were lots of new faces from years 5 and 6 in the club this year, but also another new member in the form of myself, Tom.

I’m a history student at the University of Birmingham, and I will be helping with the club over the autumn and spring terms this year as part of my course, and it was great to see so many pupils all excited and eager to get involved with the club and learn about history.

20171009_162247But it wasn’t just the people
that were new. The club has been lucky enough to move to a new room in the school (just for us!), so one of our first tasks will be moving the archive and all our resources from its current location to our new room on the other side of the school.

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Luckily, this is not the only thing to look forward to. We discussed as a group different activities that might be interesting to do this term, and the club members came up with lots of ideas ranging from interviews staff and cataloguing schoolwork, to visits to the university and learning how to use an archive.

With all this still to come, I for one can’t wait to see what the next few weeks have in store.

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My Introduction to Paganel Archives

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One section of the archives and how it looks at the beginning of the year

I am very excited about working with one of the only primary school archives this year as well as working with the children of Paganel school. As a history student and someone who knows the importance of individual history I think it’s fantastic that children have access to the archives and are interacting with their local history, especially since school is such a big part of life and establishing individual identities. I can’t wait to begin this exciting process!

Lateral thinking & policy writing

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Archive club policy working group (archives in background waiting for a new permanent home at Paganel School)

There’s a lot of building work going on at Paganel School, not least the refurb of Paganel Archives room.  It’s at moments like these when we are forced to take stock, think about what we’re doing and why – a good time to write that Archives Collections Policy that somehow never got written.

Policy writing can seem a dull, time-comsuming task (which is why it probably didn’t get done in the first place), and how can you write a pertinent policy collaboratively without boring everyone?  Who better than Edward de Bono to help out with our lateral thinking to make sure we at least have a draft policy that matches our ambition? Continue reading