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.
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.
Our new archive after school club team have been coming for just 3 weeks and they’ve already got to grips with the box of horrors (all archives have at least one) to sort and catalogue.
They’ve also started to use the new nexus tablets that the project bought to support with the e-catalogue.
Mollie, Sophie, Sam, Ashfaq, Harley and Jessica will be posting soon to let you know more about Paganel Archives and what they’re up to so please keep following.
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)
On Monday the 26th of November Jude and Kavan were interviewing Jude’s mom.We asked her present, past and future questions. At the end Jude and Kavan did two parts of Paganel style, find ‘Paganel style’ at http://youtu.be/rfzPjLMrf7g]
Jude loved interviewing his mom.
Archive after school club has been going strong with an ever growing bank of oral history recordings being made. Mr Shufflebottom, Jude’s Mum, Mrs Bradley and Mr Philp to name but a few. Next on our hit list is Paul the caretaker and Miss Dodd……
To get an idea of some of the great stuff we’re hearing have a listen to this sound clip from our headteacher
Welcome to Paganel Archives After School Club Blog!
We have been working on our school archives for about a year and now a small group of us are getting together after school to develop the work further.
At the moment we’re working on oral histories of our community so keep following us to get clips of exclusive interviews from teachers, parents, pupils and friends of the school.