It’s Explore Your Archive time again! Explore Your Archive is a campaign coordinated jointly by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association with the archives and records sector across the UK and Ireland where the aim is to increase awareness of our services and collections. 18th-26th November 2017 represents a week where we join our colleagues in talking about our services and promoting our collections on social media, as well as raising awareness of events and activities that we lead or facilitate.
We’ll be joining in with all the hashtag fun on Twitter and Instagram, starting today with #ArchiveCatwalk, so keep an eye out for some interesting items being featured from across our collections this week!
Explore Your Archive is also a good time for a bit of reflection on the year gone by. We’ve had a busy year in Archives and Special Collections with over 3,300 visits to our reading rooms, over 23,100 collection consultations and over 100 sessions teaching with or showcasing our collection material.
We have continued to support student placements and have been pleased to share aspects of the great work they’ve produced on online platforms such as WordPress and Flickr. As well as supporting our University colleagues, students and researchers, we’ve also been trying to reach out to new audiences by taking part in public events such as Doors Open Day and expanding our social media presence to showcase our collections far and wide.
Below brings together examples of some of the projects and activities we’ve been working on or participating in over the last year.
Projects, Cataloguing and Conservation:
- William Hunter’s Library: Transcribing the early catalogues (Wellcome Trust funded). This project looks at the Trustees catalogue to determine which books actually belonged to Hunter.
- Alexander John Hadddow: Zika Cataloguing Project launched. See the catalogue here.
- Hobsbaum Group Papers catalogued in useful detail. See the catalogue here.
- NMCT funded Adam Smith conservation project surveyed and conserved Adam Smith collection items.
- Completion of Hislop and Clerk’s Press repackaging projects
- We have been happy to continue to support our colleagues working on the University of Glasgow Great War Project. This is ongoing and you can keep up with all their great work and progress on their website.
- ASC Cataloguing Forum established for staff to come together informally and discuss and share cataloguing challenges and discoveries; plus, ASC and colleagues have been hard at work developing a new platform for our online catalogue.
Events and Engagement:
- Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History Dye-versity blog and crowdsourcing campaign
- Digitisation, Orphan Works & Copyright: Launch of Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks resource which is available at http://www.digitisingmorgan.org/.
- Friday 17 and Saturday 18th saw Being Human workshops taking place in Archives and Special Collections including a Hobsbaum Glasgow Group workshop and ‘New Light on Old Books‘ which explored the digital tools and resources researchers now have available to them and that are unveiling new information about centuries old manuscripts, looking particularly at our MS Hunter 232 (U.3.5).
- The University of Glasgow Library level 2 foyer currently houses an interesting virtual exhibition Voices from the Revolution 1917 on the centenary of the Russian Revolution Trotsky which uses highlights from our collection.
- Special Collections has also facilitated an exhibition on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a #Reformation500 display in our Level 12 foyer display case and an interactive touchscreen showing digitised examples of relevant collection materials.
The past year also saw Archive Services and Special Collections merge our Twitter accounts and present a united front as ASC. We continue to reach out to new audiences with over 6000 followers now; and we are expanding the online platforms we use for showcasing images from the collections by using Instagram.
Archives and Special Collections is planning to be just as busy next year, if not busier! Keep in touch with us by visiting our reading rooms, attending our events and following our activities on social media – we want to hear from you and how you’re exploring our collections!
Coming up: Hunter Tercentenary 2018 – we, along with our Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum colleagues, will be preparing lots of content to celebrate Hunter’s Tercentenary so watch this space!