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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.

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Contract overview: Scottish Opera, 2019

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

Contract overview: Co-operative Heritage Trust/The Co-operative Group, 2019

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


Contract overview: Co-operative Heritage Trust, 2019

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

Contract Overview: Manchester Histories Peterloo, 2019

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


Contract overview: The Pankhurst Centre, 2018-2019

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

Contract overview: The Morrab Library, 2018

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

Contract overview: enJOY Arts CIC, 2018

Background: enJOY Arts CIC’s Her Hidden Histories was a project to tell the stories of women’s work in transport, law enforcement and women’s rights movements in Manchester during the early 20th century. Researching archival stories and designing and performing original musicals to tell those stories in historic locations. with school groups.

Contract: To support the archival research of the teams as well as deliver archive workshops to the school groups, supporting the curation of the digital exhibition.

Time: 10 days over 8 months

Output: 6 workshops

Contract overview: Hyde Chapel, 2018-2019

Background: The chapel won a Heritage Fund grant to restore its organ and create its archive.

Contract: To create the archive of the chapel from the records within the building, preserve and catalogue the records and deliver community workshops on the collection.

Time: 15-20 days over 9 months

Output: Detailed catalogue, repackaged collection, 4 workshops, 1 digital exhibition