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

Paganel Stories revisited

Its about a story on a big sheet of paper about

A display from the 2012 project, 'Paganel Stories', where interivews were creatively re-interpreted by children

A display from the 2012 project, ‘Paganel Stories’, where interviews children recorded were creatively re-interpreted

interviews…and turned it into poetry and performed it and practiced it and did it to music.  It’s basically a musical.

 

Audrey was a child who lived in Weoley Castle born in 1923 and was at school in the 1930s.  Philip is a ‘chatty kind man librarian by trade, dress very well his clothes were up to date, lived in a back to back , had a bath every day, a candy shop on his road so no money he saved’, so basically he was a child who liked going to a candy shop.

Isabelle’s favourite archive

The Explore Your Archive campaign, which is coordinated by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), is now in its third year. This year the main launch week for the Explore Your Archive campaign will run from 14 to 22 November 2015.

Explored

 

 

Fire!

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Cutting from the Evening Mail, Sat Sept 30th 1976

Cutting from the Evening Mail, Sat Sept 30th 1976

In the year 1973 a fire was started by a pupil. It happened twice – once in the year 1973 and once in the year 1976.  I found out about it from a newspaper article:

‘the fire was started deliberately in the early hours at Paganel Junior School…the fire almost gutted the interior of the two storey administration block and smoke damaged the school hall and its nine classrooms.”

My favourite archive – Oliver

The Explore Your Archive campaign, which is coordinated by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), is now in its third year. This year the main launch week for the Explore Your Archive campaign will run from 14 to 22 November 2015.

Explored

 

Explore your archive maps

IMG_20151116_152320This is a map of the old area of Paganel Primary School in 1885. It has been laminated and it has been painted to show the current map of Paganel over it. I chose it because, at first I thought why was there paint all over it.  It was an old map from 1885-6 . Then I realised that it’s two maps in one.  The current area is painted on the old map!

Soutir chose a Map of Paganel for his favourite archive – part of a series of laminated A3 sheets – ‘History of Paganel’.  The display from 1990s Paganel School is being digitised – many of the photos and images used in the display are original.

See more of Explore your archive week 14th to 22nd November #explorearchives also how we do it now – Historic Landscape Conservation
Poppy Red Remembered