Placements for Collections Trainees
Over the next few weeks the Collections Trainees will be going on work placements at a variety of different institutions. The two week-long placements offer a great opportunity for us to gain experience in a different archive and meet new people in the heritage sector.
Gillian will spend two weeks at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library, Archive and Special Books Collection with their Archivist Kirstie Meehan. Gillian is particularly excited to learn more about their considerable range of material concerning Dada and Surrealism, as well contemporary Scottish Art.
Holly is going to Edinburgh College of Art to work with their collections alongside their archivist, Rachel Hosker. Edinburgh College of Art Archives hold collections from students and staff as well as material that support arts education.
Gilly is going further afield to Hawick Heritage Hub in the Borders. The archive holds material relating to the Scottish Borders including family history, business records and even collections relating to Sir Walter Scott.
Tom is looking forward to working at Perth and Kinross Council Archives where he hopes he will get the opportunity to get stuck into some Early Modern material. He also is excited to see the graveyards of Perth and add to his growing knowledge of gravestones from previously archiving part of the Stuart Farrell collection here at RCAHMS.
John will spend two weeks at Falkirk Archives situated in the impressive Callander House, only a stones-throw away from the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site. Whilst at Falkirk Archives John may get the chance to work with archival material from the First World War.
Phil will be based at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee which holds an extensive collection of material relating to industries in the Tayside region. He will be working in both the records management and museums departments.
The Education Trainees are currently enjoying their three month placements with Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. Annie is working with the National Trust for Scotland’s Head of Archaeology and will be travelling to Shetland this month to carry out education and outreach work with the local community, whilst Cathy is working at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre. Morven and Tom are both working for Historic Scotland. Morven is based at Dunfermline Abbey and Tom is working at Stirling Castle and the brand new Battle of Bannockburn Centre.
Our placements culminate in a report and presentation here at RCAHMS. Keep an eye out for blog posts following the Collections Trainees’ return from placement to find out what we got up to.