Sport and games at Paganel

With Birmingham securing the bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, the Archive After School Club decided to look back on another major national sporting event; the 2012 London Olympics.  This post is written by Tom Jordan. Continue reading


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

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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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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Meet the new Team!

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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.

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)