Category Archives: Diaries of an Archive Assistant

Oral History: David Swithenbank

Listening to memories is something we’re very good at doing here in the search room. We hear so many of them during the course of our working day – from all you genealogists, local historians, volunteers, artists and general enquirers! … Continue reading

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Ghost Writing!

I thought it might be of interest to record one of the more unusual conservation issues that we have come across in the last year. Recently one of our donations proved to be more challenging than usual for our Borough Archivist.  … Continue reading

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A Labour of Love!

The Centre for Cultural Collections and several Libraries across the borough can provide you with free access to past copies of local newspapers. The publications are stored on microfilm but please don’t let this put you off as staff are available to … Continue reading

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Restoring St Thomas’s Church – the digital way!

We have an extensive collection of photographic images here at the centre and are always keen to display them at every opportunity. So when Rev. Elizabeth Binns (who also happens to be our head of libraries!) asked whether we had … Continue reading

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How clean is your archive?

We certainly found out the answer to this question when we rolled up our sleeves, picked up our dusters, strapped on the super-vac and made our way around the aisles of the store-room, sucking up dust and dirt from every … Continue reading

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Working with Donations

Before I started working in The Centre for Cultural Collections my idea of an archive service was an idyllic one. It went something like this: row upon row of neatly-shelved boxes containing perfect examples of medieval manuscripts; an archivist whose … Continue reading

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My new role!

Hello, My name is Nic and I am employed as a Collections Assistant in the newly formed Centre for Cultural Collections. The development of this Centre marks the amalgamation of the Bury Archive Service with Local and Family History. I … Continue reading

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