Behind the scenes

A key element to the work of the History Centre is the work that is conducted behind the scenes to provide access to the collections. Stock taking, re-boxing, re-labelling, re-packing, re-listing and data-input are just some of the on-going activities keeping us busy.

a van load of archives being deposited

The move to the Hull History Centre was an enormous undertaking for the three repositories. The work that went on in preparation for the move included the University Archives reboxing more than 2000 boxes of material, the Local Studies library stocktaking over 47,000 items and the City Archives moving over 1500 boxes and 1000 volumes. The finding aids across all three repositories have also been revamped, with updates to the information stored in CALM and the establishment of a new online combined catalogue.

The work is not over though, and work is progressing to increase the number of our catalogues available on-line and to re-print all of our hard copy lists available in the searchroom to ensure consistency across the three services. A massive undertaking, but one that will aid access to our collections both on site and remotely.

New deposits are always arriving and the reboxing and cataloguing of our new and expanding collections is ongoing. The hard work of our volunteers is a vital contribution which helps us keep on top of this task.

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