In April 2014 The National Archives
received a grant of nearly £1m from the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) to run
Transforming Archives, a programme offering trainees the
opportunity to develop practical archiving skills with placements
in a range of archive services throughout England.
The Hull History Centre was one of the
services chosen to host three trainees, one trainee a year from
2014 to 2017.
Find out more about the trainees
undertaking their placements here at the History Centre.
Archives are a brand new adventure for
me as my heritage background is in museums and IT. I wanted to
further develop the skills gained in my university studies (MSc in
Digital Heritage and BA in History of Art and Architecture) in
real, practical projects.
Throughout my busy year at the History
Centre I have engaged with a wide variety of exciting projects and
attended lots of events relating to my traineeship specialism
in 'digitisation, outreach and engagement'.
I have helped to develop the
which uses the popular computer game Minecraft to engage
new audiences with archives. With this I have helped develop a
virtual world, recreated the Hull History Centre within the game,
promoted the project via published articles and
conferences, and developed Bring Your Own Device sessions.
Another outreach activity I have been assisting with is
our fun LEGO and craft events called History
I have really enjoyed representing the
Hull History Centre at conferences, and have presented
Games & Learning, and
The Northern Collaboration: Developing Archives.
Other aspects of my traineeship
include digitising archival material such as Francis
Johnson's Grand Tour diary and the cartoons of Victor
"Vicky" Weisz. I've also been developing the History Centre's
social media presence, assisted with the website and
blogged about my
experiences under the Transforming Archives tag.
Whilst developing all these projects I
have engaged with lots of practical collections work, such as
cataloguing and accessioning, and have undertaken a
distance learning module with the University of Dundee in
I have really enjoyed being able
to incorporate my existing digital heritage interests
with my traineeship, learn new skills and have fun at the same
time! You can read my
blog on The National Archives website to learn more.