The Skills for the Future Team

Our time with Collections

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During our time with  the Collections Department over the past two months we have gained an insight into the various different tasks they do. We have gained experience of cataloguing, accessions, rehousing, retrievals and records management. We started off by getting to grips with Oracle, the database system that collections use. We begun by cataloguing the Non-Guardianship Monuments Collection which consists of drawings from the former Ministry of Works relating to historical sites not in state care. This collection was quite interesting since the material related to any monument not…read more

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#AskaCurator: A Step-by-step Journey through the Collections Process

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For #Askacurator day, the Skills for the Future Curatorial trainees decided to give you a step-by-step journey through the collections and focus on one of their favourite photographic collections at RCAHMS!  Views of the ‘Maiden Stone’, near Inverurie, (E 72410, E 69751, E 72399), J Romilly Allen, c. 1890-1903. Step 1: Before an archivist or curator can do anything with collections materials, these materials must first be acquired by the institution for which they work. Each museum, archive or gallery will have an official collections or acquisitions policy in place and such a document should also be…read more

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A Critical and Inspiring Workshop on Museological Collections at The University of Stirling

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With many of the other Collections Trainees off on their two week placements to different archives, I got to take a slightly different day trip on Friday May 16th to Stirling University for an AHRC workshop entitled: ‘(Mis-) Representing Cultures and Objects: Critical Approaches to Museological Collections.’ I thought it would be good to write a little post summarising my experiences at the workshop, touch upon on how my personal research and experiences at RCAHMS proved useful in workshop discussions, and how discussion outcomes were applicable to the concerns and…read more

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Placements for Collections Trainees

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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…read more

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Robert Naismith & Stuart Farrell

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This week’s blog update is brought to you by John & Tom (H). First let’s hear from John on his work with the Robert Naismith archive… Last week Holly and I spent some time working on a collection which came from the home of the Scottish architect Robert Naismith. This was very much a ‘raw’ archive that included many different types of material; some worth keeping, some not. Naismith’s pocket diaries constituted the more interesting part of the collection. One such diary, from 1939, had Shakespeare quotes pasted into the…read more

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The past few weeks . . .

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 Collections update by Holly Watson Over the past few weeks the collections trainees have been busy cataloguing a variety of material and getting to grips with Oracle, our cataloguing database. We have been cataloguing everything from graveyard surveys to records on medieval sculpture, whilst getting to know the wide-ranging RCAHMS collection better. Recently I was given the task of cataloguing a box full of photographs and plans of Telford churches and manses. Telford churches and manses (also known as Parliamentary churches) were commissioned following an 1823 parliamentary act to build…read more

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Visit to Turnberry Castle

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Last week Gillian and I had the opportunity to go to Turnberry Castle where RCAHMS are carrying out a survey as part of an ongoing improvement of the Canmore database relating to early stone castles.  Turnberry Castle lies on the Ayreshire coastline and was built in the 13th century. It was a stronghold of the Bruce family and the possible birth place of Robert the Bruce. Now a ruin, the castle lies within a golf course and a nineteenth century lighthouse inhabits the site where the castle once stood. During…read more

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Work Begins….

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Collections – Gilly  Conabeer It’s been over a month since the ten of us started here at RCAHMS, six as collections trainees and four in Education and Outreach . It’s been an intensive few weeks, with so much to take in, but we’ve been made to feel really welcome and now feel a part of the RCAHMS family! Last week the Collections team (Gillian, Phil, John, Tom H, Holly and I) were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Scottish Parliament and a talk from the research department there…read more

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New Skills Trainees 2014-2015!

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  Quickly venturing to the end of our first incredible month at RCAHMS it seems like an appropriate time to introduce ourselves as the new, but also final, RCAHMS Skills for the Future trainees 2014-2015 and get this blog rolling! Similar to last year there are again ten trainees; split as six Curatorial trainees within Collections, and four Education trainees within Education and Outreach. Philip, Tom H, Holly, Gilly, John and Gillian make up the new Curatorial Skills team, whilst Cathy, Annie, Morven and Tom G are the new Education Skills trainees….read more

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