Transforming Archives

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.

Hannah Rice, 2014-2015 Hannah Rice Transforming Archives Trainee 2014-2015

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 HullCraft project 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 Makers.

I have really enjoyed representing the Hull History Centre at conferences, and have presented at Digital Utopias, 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 digital preservation.

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.