The Skills for the Future Team

Interpreting Archaeology on the Isle of Eigg

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Introducing the Skills for the Future 2016/17 Trainees’ joint Heritage Project: https://canmore.org.uk/discovery/eigg/intro The website is a learning resource designed to help people interpret some of the archaeology on the Isle of Eigg, part of the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides, and it also highlights material from the Historic Environment Scotland archives. The idea for the website was inspired by our visit to the island last year and uses content produced by ourselves in 2016 as well as material generated by RCAHMS staff during their survey of the island in 2001 and 2002. This has been the…read more

It’s been a while…

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Wow how time flies! It’s been a while since our last update, and my my haven’t we been busy.  Since November, Anna, Lewis and Niamh have been working collaboratively on two separate Heritage Projects. These are designed to give us ownership over a project, to plan, manage and execute one single unified piece of work which combines elements of both Archival and Education and Outreach skills which we have built up over the preceding months. Firstly, you’ll remember that back in September we visited the Isle of Eigg for a…read more

Skills for the Future Newsletter 2017

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It’s here! Our Skills for the Future newsletter 2017 has been published. We’re really happy with how it came out and we’d like to thank Nicky Regan for making it look so good! And if you need even more Skills trainees in your life – here is a video of Anna and Lewis giving a presentation on our trip to the Isle of Eigg at the Community Heritage Conference in Aberdeen back in November 2016. We’d also like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2017! Anna, Lewis and Niamh

London Networking Trip

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5th – 8th December 2016 Last week – as a change from our usual capers around Scotland – we ventured way down south to a city you may or may not have heard of – London! It was an incredible opportunity to visit a variety of museums and archives as well as meet ex-Skills for the Future trainees to find out about their new roles. We were joined by our Project Manager Jill de Fresnes and our colleague Iain Fraser, Cataloguing Programme Manager. Day 1  We set off for King’s Cross…read more

Notman II: This Time, it’s Personal.

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As readers can perhaps gather from the title of this post, a familiar name reared its head from the dark recesses of the Main Store last week: William Notman, a Victorian Edinburgh-based architect, whose collection we had previously spent several weeks sorting, cataloging and re-housing during our time in Collections (for our adventures, catch up here). The boxes we tackled this time around contained probably the most interesting section of any collection – the juicy personal stuff! Prior to this our experience of William Notman had been almost entirely professional, save…read more

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

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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…

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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

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