Auditing The Black Watch Museum Archive for research, learning and legacy.

Explore my week with the amazing archives at the Black Watch Museum & Castle in this short blog.

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

dav Heather Roberts, archive consultant during her time in The Black Watch Museum archive

I’m Heather Roberts, a professional archive consultant. This May, I had the privilege and pleasure of getting up close and personal with the archive at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. I was asked to undertake an audit of the archive to help guide the management of the collection and development of the service. Ever wonder what that entails? For a brief adventure in archiving, read on…..

The Black Watch Museum archive holds an amazing collection. Not only is the actual material so interesting (metres and metres of photographs, ledgers, letters, pictures, sketchbooks, etc.), but the story it tells is fascinating. Stories of soldiers and their journeys throughout the decades, of how battalions were managed and what their work meant. The Black Watch has a world famous reputation and its history is a compelling story to share.

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Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians: Why it matters (according to the archivist)

Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians is a really valuable project. Working with 5 community groups, myself and Manchester Histories Festival are helping them tell the histories that they want to share via Archives+ amazing digital exhibition spaces.

The wonderful groups include Manchester People First, Inspire Centre, FC United Sporting Memories, Oldham Youth Council and M13 Youth Project.

Read about why I think these kinds of projects are so important and useful in my blog post on the Manchester Histories Festival site.