Hello and welcome to HerArchivist
My name is Heather Emily Roberts. I am an archivist.
I absolutely adore it! Being an archivist allows me to explore my curiosity, delve deep into all kinds of histories and meet and work with the most fascinating and talented people.
Being an archivist
My job is lots of fun. Basically, when I’m not being the College Archivist for the Royal Northern College of Music, I help small organisations manage their archival assets. If you fancy being one of those organisations, get in touch via my Consultancy page and we can chat.
The main collections I work with are archives. Archives are:
organised collections of mainly primary source material that contain evidence of a person, place, event or organisation and are kept in perpetuity for their historical significance (which is derived from that evidential value).
Think of it this way: history is a story, the archive is the storybook, you are the storyteller.
The job is often very straightforward, once you know what you’re doing. However, sometimes it feels like trying to work out a Rubiks Cube and not being allowed to use your hands.
Archivists are not the old fashioned keeper of the keys anymore. We need to be able to turn our hand to all kinds of non-archival talents and skills such as education, outreach, marketing and fundraising. So no matter the difficulty or ease of the job, it is always interesting.
This site will share some of my work as I progress through my career as an archivist in Greater Manchester. I will explore some of the curiosities that I encounter and explain, debate and question things that takes my fancy.
I also hope to reblog things that I want to share so do get in touch if you know of something that may interest me.
To ask about my freelance work, click on the Consultancy tab on the menu above.
Please do say hello, comment and ask questions. I would love to hear from you.