It’s a very warm day here at Paganel School today and even our lovely cool archive room was a bit stuffy so we found a cool (and clean!) space to work under the trees in the Early Years play area.
Harley is still repackaging photos – battling with gloves in this weather which is dedication! She’s doing 1997-98, lots of team photos for football and netball, school play photos, special days and trips.
Ashfaq completed the cataloguing for Make do and Mend project that happened last year and then labelled and packaged photos of staff for 2015.
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 last archive after school club of the term was all about finishing up and planning for next year.
Mollie, Harley, Sam, Sophie and Jessica worked hard on the photo albums, counting and measuring photos in preparation for the new non-plastic albums they will go into in the new year.
Ashfaq carried on uploading photos to the drive to add to the newest archive collection which is Cosford School Visit. This will include video histories of the children’s experiences at the RAF museum. Mr Philp also popped in to show us how to upload the video histories directly to our catalogue so they will be digitally available.
It has been a great term at Paganel Archives, archiving and preserving of existing records and lots of ideas for archive projects that will continue to document the life of the school and community.
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)