This blog post is part of a series for Explore Your Archive.
It’s been a memorable week.
Explore Your Archive began on 16 November. And, just as we had all hoped, there really was something happening in an archive just about everywhere in the UK and Ireland.
On my patch in the north west there has been lots of varied activity, from interactive story boxes about Lancashire and its food (Lancashire Archives – who also lit up the outside of their building with images); to the history of tea ‘from plantation to pot’ from the Co-operative College in Manchester, to Liverpool John Moore’s University focus on The Beatles (of course) and Rita and Shirley, Willie Russell’s icons.
I really enjoyed Cheshire Archives Story Box about Dr Haygarth an 18th century surgeon – and an accompanying lecture at the University from the Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI who showed just how bad we are at statistics: for example we estimate that on average 15% of girls under 16 get pregnant each year, when only 0.6% do; we think £24 out every £100 of benefit spend is claimed fraudulently, but it’s actually 70p; and we think crime is rising, though it’s been falling for years!