New Oral History Project

Our new oral history project is based on Paganel residential trips (Kings wood). We have been planning to interview students including teachers to describe the activities of their residential trip. Everyone is involved in that process.

In addition to this, our second oral history project is about Paganel’s after school clubs. We are also planing to interview Cameron Spurrier as he created the brand new archaeology club which has already started.  Our instructor and supervisor Nikki Thorpe will be supporting us during this process and we hope you will give us the extra support we need.




Our Archive After School Club Blog – 2014 in review

Happy New Year to all our followers! 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.

We’re Back! New Young Archivists team for Paganel Archives Raring to go

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting the 6 new young archivists from Paganel year 6 who have opted to take on the school archive for this coming year.

We had a lovely session familiarising ourselves with what’s in Paganel Archives and making a plan for this term. Most of the group seem to be keen to get cataloguing the outstanding material which is great!


Ashfaq, already an experienced cataloguer, is up for interviewing local people for a new project to capture some more Weoley Castle local history. Definitely hope to be able to sort that out.  Visitors from Weoley Castle community group, earlier in the summer, were very keen to come back to the archives and share their stories with us.


I also had a great conversation with Mr Philp about how to open up Paganel Archive material about the 2nd World War for next year’s 75th anniversary; our log books are a fascinating read about evacuation and air raids and VE day celebrations.  We also really want to go back to The National Archives with year 6 next summer and maybe take in Parliamentary Archives too!

It’s history we’re into but Paganel Archives After School Club certainly isn’t that!

Nikki (archive after school club facilitator)

Dozens and trails

Following ‘Libraries Inspire learning‘ we’ve been responding to comments and writing blogs on the new site, and making plans for the future

Chloe K writes:

Today at paganel archives club interviewed each other and we spoke about what our favorite things are. We worked in groups of two while someone was filming us. We were interviewed in the Archive room in paganel. Two people worked together to make a little video they managed to finish the video we were making this video as our own video.



Day trip to London BETT show 2014

   Karla Ford’s report on her visit to Bett in London:


Answering questions about our use of Chromebooks

On Thursday 23rd January 2014 me, Hana , Chloe K, Mackenzie, Daniel, Harvey S, Mr Philp, Mrs Reading and Marcus all went to London to represent our Paganel Archives.

It all happened when we got into the taxi about 9am to go to Selly Oak Train Station for our Train to New Street Station, we all met at the station for 9:15am Mr Philp went in his car so he met us there, Marcus was already there waiting for us. We got onto the train and sat down reading and playing while we were waiting to arrive at New Street Station. The journey didn’t take that long.

Once we was at New Street Station it was about 10:10am, we was all extremely thirsty so Mr Philp bought us all a drink to last us through the journey to London. Mr Philp talked through the safety rules it was quite boring but very important, once we had gone through all of this we was ready to get everything together and get on the train to Euston.

The journey to Euston was very fun and enjoyable we was laughing, joking, singing, dancing in our chairs, reading, playing and colouring. Mackenzie wouldn’t stop eating his snacks he had a whole bag full of goodies for him to eat on the train. Chloe, Hana and Harvey S were all on Hana’s kindle. Daniel was on his phone looking at hilarious videos and I was colouring and reading like a normal child would do. On our trip we was discussing what we was going to, Mackenzie suggested eat lots and lots of delicious food. Mrs Reading said enjoy ourselves and have fun.

At about 10:40 we finally arrived at Euston we got off the train and entered a Tube that went underground I had the school phone so i could take some photos of the sites that I saw . The sites were awesome we saw: the O2 arena, tall buildings and a part of the River Thames. After that tube we got on another tube to go to Prince Regents we were pretty high above the grounds.

Once we got off we was at the Excel place we  wandered around looking at all the other places everyone was very hungry so we got a sandwich each. Then it was time for sirs presentation on the Google stand he was talking for long (boring) once he had finished he was being interviewed so we had to wait even longer.

After that we visited Buckingham Palace the flag was up so the Queen was in. We had a picture taken together then we walked up to the train station again we all had a burger king there was no where to sit so we had to sit on the floor it was embarrassing!

We all then had to go we had some cake to half i was being a bit greedy and shoved my face in it! Once we had finished on that journey we all went home. I had the best day ever!

By Karla Ford Y6

More links to our archive material, including presentations:

Paganel Archives at Weoley Castle Heritage Day

Paganel Archives are supporting Weoley Castle Heritage Day at Weoley Castle Library, Thursday 21st November.

An all-day event, archive club will be demonstrating archiving ‘live’, recording interviews about how Weoley Castle library has inspired visitors, making a presentation about our Archive streamed online, and an exhibition is at the library for the whole of National Archive Week where everyone is encouraged to explore archives.

As a practice we conducted a quick ‘voxpop’ interview of staff:

Archive After School Club Returns!

For just two weeks we’re back together for archive after school club to prepare for the Community History Open Day at Weoley Castle Library on November 21st.

We have been asked to present to the local community about our archive project and we are also planning a few extra events including oral history interviewing and live archiving!

Today we spent our club time selecting some of Paganel Archives’ treasures to show attendees at the Community History Open Day. It was lovely to revisit some of our favourite archives from the collection and also to use our catalogue to find items we remembered.

Really looking forward to sharing our Paganel Archives stories next week at Weoley Castle Library – maybe you can join us?