Mrs Gibbs has worked at Paganel Primary School since the school changed from being two separate schools to one, and helped saved our earliest archives from literally being thrown away. Continue reading
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
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
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.
from MollieS and JessicaL archivers
This week, as well as carrying on with our photo rescuing, we have been practising recording oral histories in preparation for our next project.
The team is keen to record the stories of their peers, particularly the year 5 residential trip to Stansfeld and their own year group’s recent trip to RAF Cosford.
We worked out some open questions to ask students and some follow up questions to get more information. We also worked out that we needed a quiet space to record in and a calm encouraging interviewing style.
The nexus tablets are great for video recording so look forward to a new set of video recordings of Paganel students in our archives soon!
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.