This week (10-14 November) is explore your archive week, staff at Archive services across the UK are campaigning for people everywhere to celebrate archives. Archives are full of fascinating content to read, touch and explore. And most of it isn’t available from Google. Take time to explore archives – you’ll be amazed to find what lies within. Even if you choose not to visit an archive, you can take pride and comfort that archives hold unique and vital records which underpin education, heritage, business and identity. As a part of the campaign, we are taking a look at ‘a day in the life’ of one of our archives assistants, Lowri Williams-
“Most of my week is spent helping people who have come into Denbighshire Archives to research their family or house history but my role as Archives Assistant means that I get to work on other ‘background jobs’ when I’m not assisting the public. My main background job involves adding any new photographs to the photographic collection.
I examine each photograph and ask myself where, who, when and what? If there isn’t any known information available I have to look for clues in the photo’ and occasionally I use other secondary sources like historical newspapers or articles written on local history to help me answer these questions.
Before I put any new photographs into the photographic boxes I have to carry out a small amount of preservation work. Each photo’ is backed onto card and secured with four photographic corners and then placed in a protective see through sleeve. This is to ensure that the photographs do not become damaged through handling.
The photographs in the Denbighshire Archives collection show a wide variety of subjects, local views and events and include dignitaries and officials, industry and business, education and domestic family life. Together they portray the story of our heritage and our culture and offer unique sources for social historians, genealogists and local historians.”
Take a look at Lowri’s video on our facebook page.
To find out more about archives, and how you can start your own adventure visit- http://www.exploreyourarchive.org/