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For an idea of what I deliver and who I’ve delivered for, check out my Services page from the Consultancy drop down list.
Help yourself to the free “Create Your Own Archive” toolkit I wrote for Manchester Histories from there as well.
For brief summaries of the work I have undertaken so far, including why the work was needed, how many days it took and what I produced at the end, explore the “Contract Overview” posts on the blog below. This could be useful to you if you’re planning an archive project or want to know what kind of outputs I could help you with.
As always, feel free to get in touch with any questions.
I love a co-op. I really do.
My career as an archivist started out as a trainee for the CHT and I have kept up with them ever since. So when the opportunity to apply to be a trustee of the charity and help support its archive service and collections even more, I couldn’t let it pass me by.
I feed up my expertise as an archivist and freelancer, as well as my connections through various networks, to make the best decisions for the charity.
It is an incredibly valuable role for me personally and professionally. I am even more about how charities work as well as making impact on such an important part of our international heritage, the co-operative movement.
Background: The RLSS were awarded one of The National Archives’ scoping grants to buy in a consultant to review their archival records and recommend appropriate actions.
Contract: To review archival material held in offices both physically and digitally, to give overview of contents and issues, to interview each department re processes, to recommend practical actions for development of archival control, storage, access and use.
Time: 5-10 days over 4 months
Outputs: Detailed report of findings and recommendations and reviews of related project bid
Background: Scottish Opera were awarded one of The National Archives’ scoping grants to buy in a consultant to review their archival records and recommend appropriate actions.
Contract: To review archival material held across 2 sites, to give overview of contents and issues, to interview each department re processes, to recommend practical actions for development of archival control, storage, access and use.
Time: 5-10 days over 2 months
Outputs: Detailed report of findings and recommendations
Background: Years ago I created The Co-operative Group’s archive collection by appraising and gathering heritage material within its premises. As the Group now vacate its previous buildings, new material was being discovered.
Contract: To review the content of the new material and advise current project team on any priorities and forward planning as related to accepting new material into the previous collection.
Time: 1 day
Output: On-site review and advice
Background: The Co-operative Heritage Trust completed a project surveying and collecting archives of worker co-operatives. After this finished they were keen to do the same for other areas of the co-operative movement.
Contract: To research active housing co-operatives within Greater Manchester and to design and implement methods for scoping any possible heritage collections kept by these organisations.
Time: Less than 5 days over 2 months
Output: A database of registered housing co-operatives with possible collections and a plan for scoping the collections
Background: Manchester Histories was one of the leading organisations managing and delivering the Peterloo 200 years commemorations in Manchester. The themes of the activities were protest, democracy and freedom of speech. They wanted an LGBT+ event as part of that.
Contract: To design, organise and deliver a half-day event where LGBT+ people and organisations share their stories and archives, relating to protest, democracy and freedom of speech.
Time: Less than 5 days over 3 months
Output: 1 half day event
Background: As part of the centenary for some women winning the fight for the right to vote, the Pankhurst Centre ran a volunteer programme to collect an archive centenary events in the city. This would then become part of the centre’s own archive and form an exhibition at the Pankhurst premises about the year’s commemorations.
Contract: To deliver archive workshops to the volunteers at each stage of collecting and appraisal.
Time: 3 days over 7 months
Output: 3 bespoke workshops
Background: Unity Radio in Salford won a first stage Heritage Fund grant to plan a large archive project collecting and sharing Manchester’s hip hop heritage.
Contract: To design a detailed activity plan for the bid to be put forward for second stage funding.
Time: 6 days over 4 months
Output: 1 detailed activity plan
Background: The Morrab Library won a scoping grant from the National Archives’ Archives Unlocked programme, to get advice for developing its service and collections.
Contract: To review all policies, procedures, storage, key collections and capacity for development of the archive collection and service, in line with strategic vision.
Time: 5-10 days over 2 months
Output: Detailed report of recommendations