Lateral thinking & policy writing


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


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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Recording Stories

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!


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.

Day trip to London BETT show 2014

   Karla Ford’s report on her visit to Bett in London:


Answering questions about our use of Chromebooks

On Thursday 23rd January 2014 me, Hana , Chloe K, Mackenzie, Daniel, Harvey S, Mr Philp, Mrs Reading and Marcus all went to London to represent our Paganel Archives.

It all happened when we got into the taxi about 9am to go to Selly Oak Train Station for our Train to New Street Station, we all met at the station for 9:15am Mr Philp went in his car so he met us there, Marcus was already there waiting for us. We got onto the train and sat down reading and playing while we were waiting to arrive at New Street Station. The journey didn’t take that long.

Once we was at New Street Station it was about 10:10am, we was all extremely thirsty so Mr Philp bought us all a drink to last us through the journey to London. Mr Philp talked through the safety rules it was quite boring but very important, once we had gone through all of this we was ready to get everything together and get on the train to Euston.

The journey to Euston was very fun and enjoyable we was laughing, joking, singing, dancing in our chairs, reading, playing and colouring. Mackenzie wouldn’t stop eating his snacks he had a whole bag full of goodies for him to eat on the train. Chloe, Hana and Harvey S were all on Hana’s kindle. Daniel was on his phone looking at hilarious videos and I was colouring and reading like a normal child would do. On our trip we was discussing what we was going to, Mackenzie suggested eat lots and lots of delicious food. Mrs Reading said enjoy ourselves and have fun.

At about 10:40 we finally arrived at Euston we got off the train and entered a Tube that went underground I had the school phone so i could take some photos of the sites that I saw . The sites were awesome we saw: the O2 arena, tall buildings and a part of the River Thames. After that tube we got on another tube to go to Prince Regents we were pretty high above the grounds.

Once we got off we was at the Excel place we  wandered around looking at all the other places everyone was very hungry so we got a sandwich each. Then it was time for sirs presentation on the Google stand he was talking for long (boring) once he had finished he was being interviewed so we had to wait even longer.

After that we visited Buckingham Palace the flag was up so the Queen was in. We had a picture taken together then we walked up to the train station again we all had a burger king there was no where to sit so we had to sit on the floor it was embarrassing!

We all then had to go we had some cake to half i was being a bit greedy and shoved my face in it! Once we had finished on that journey we all went home. I had the best day ever!

By Karla Ford Y6

More links to our archive material, including presentations: