Skills for the Future Goes to Holyrood

On Wednesday 25th March, GUAS Archivist Emma Yan and I attended an event at Holyrood as part of Scottish Archives Advocacy week. For three days the Scottish Council on Archives has been based at the Parliament, highlighting the sector and engaging with MSPs. As well as promoting the archive sector  generally, there has also been a particular emphasis on skills and education. The evening of the 25th was a fringe event aimed at show-casing the Skills for the Future project, ‘Opening up Scotland’s Archives’. MSPs and parliamentary staff were invited to drop-in and meet with us to discuss the project in a relaxed and informal environment.

Scottish Council on Archives provided each trainee with A5 promotional postcards that gave some background information about ourselves, our traineeships and our Host organisations. In addition to The University of Glasgow Archive Services, there were representatives from the University of Dundee Archive Services, Glasgow City Archives, The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) at Edinburgh University Library and The Glasgow School of Art Archives. There were plenty of opportunities to hear about what we’ve all been up to and how our traineeships are progressing. I don’t think any of us can quite believe how quickly the year is flying by!

The National Records of Scotland had created a small Robbie Burns exhibit (highly appropriate as we were in the Burns Room) and the NRS’ Saho Arakawa provided a walking advertisement for the Register of Tartans by wearing a beautiful tartan kimono!

Posing for our official photos on the staircase to The Member's Lobby

Posing for our official photos on the staircase to The Member’s Lobby

With so many organisations at varying stages in their development of digital preservation, it was great to discuss and compare notes with such a wide range of people. MSPs dropped by and I had a discussion with Jean Urquhart MSP about preserving our digital heritage, and also had a chance to speak with a representative from the Heritage Lottery Fund who fund the Skills for the Future scheme.

It was a great evening and certainly one of the most interesting, high-profile venues in which I’ve talked digital preservation!

Categories: Archive Services

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