The Skills for the Future Team

Digital Archives

Posted by in Digital Archives, General Collections, Skills for the Future

                        We have just come to the end of our two week jaunt into the world of Digital Archives. It has been a real eye-opening experience getting to grips with the concept of digital preservation and learning about the importance of properly protecting our digital media and data now so that it is safeguarded for the future. We are all aware of the speed at which digital technology advances and also how fast many of the devices and software we use become…read more

Mary Syme Boyd

Posted by in General Collections, Uncategorized

Hello readers! As our time working with the Collections Department is drawing to a close, we’re trying to round up all the wonderful things we’ve been doing over the last three months (wow three months already!) and bring them to you. Hopefully you’re already up to speed with our time cataloguing the William Notman Collection which has taken up a large portion of our time.  The past two weeks we’ve also been working closely with our colleagues in Digital Archives (blog post to follow).  Today I want to take you back to…read more

A Very Big Collection

Posted by in General Collections, Skills for the Future

Oh dear, this blog has been a little quiet recently – but with good reason! For the last few weeks we have been completely immersed in the world of the 19th Century Edinburgh Architect, William Notman. The large collection of drawings, sketchbooks, textbooks, building specifications and letters was in dire need of sorting and we were given the task of making sense of it all. The name ‘Notman’ is well-known ’round these parts! Apparently many have tackled the collection in the past but for various reasons – probably just the…read more

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work…

Posted by in General Collections, Skills for the Future

We’re about halfway through our 2 month stint with Collections, and what have we seen? Things – beautiful things! From 18th century exercise books, to architectural plans, to personal correspondence (including a letter from Rabbie Burns himself!), we are getting our hands dirty (literally!) traversing the uncharted waters of the John Sinclair House archive –  re-discovering lost artworks, piecing together the life of William Notman, and, of course, learning valuable skills for the future! But it’s not all ancient history; we’ve also attended seminars and workshops discussing and demonstrating how…read more

Hello!

Posted by in Skills for the Future

A warm welcome from Lewis, Anna and Niamh, the shiny new Trainee Heritage Officers of the HLF funded Skills for the Future programme, originally within RCAHMS and now part of the newly formed Historic Environment Scotland.  Here’s a quick introduction about each of us – we’re so excited to share our year’s journey at Historic Environment Scotland with you all! Lewis is Edinburgh born and bred – although he did disappear for 4 years to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.  Lewis is happiest…read more

Naomi Harvey: Six Months of Digital Preservation at HES – A Retrospective

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Naomi Harvey is a trainee with the Scottish Council on Archive’s Skills for the Future programme, ‘Opening Up Scotland’s Archives’, which is a Heritage Lottery funded project. She’s been working in Collections at John Sinclair House for the past 6 months, specialising in the field of Digital Preservation. Read on for a look back at what she’s been up to: Getting Started My first weeks at RCAHMS (as it still was, just!) were a bit of a whirlwind of meeting people from different departments. I started to get a grasp…read more

Update from the Skills Team

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Hello from the Skills Trainees!  We have had a very busy couple of months since our last blog post and have been involved with a number of different projects during this time. During November, we assisted colleagues from Historic Environment Scotland and Archaeology Scotland with the social media promotion and general organisation of Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference.  Like previous years the conference placed emphasis on community groups; allowing them to showcase their work and in turn helping to promote a variety of heritage sites throughout Scotland.  The conference took place…read more

Learning Services Placement

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Over the past five weeks we have had an exciting time with Historic Scotland’s Learning Services Department. Our placement has taken us all over Scotland and to a wide range of HS sites. We have also been working on a number of exciting projects which will be used by the Regional Learning Officers to help deliver their educational activities. We started off by shadowing Nathan Bryceland, the Learning Development Officer for Edinburgh Castle, where we observed school visits and other educational activities. We were each given a project to work…read more

Scran placement.

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Hello, it’s been a while! We cannot believe how quickly our time here at RCAHMS is passing.  Last month we finished a four week placement with Scran the online service for culture, heritage and learning. Scran provides access to over 480,000 digital resources. With resources from archives, media, museums and galleries- including images, text, videos and audio clips-Scran provide a service that is widely used by Scottish schools, colleges and universities. Our time with Scran focused on The Scotsman Publications content; working with an image archive that holds a staggering 66,348 records….read more