I went to a takeaway last weekend. Not your average takeaway. What you take away from this one is poetry. You meet a chef, order your poem, and within a few minutes, voilà – your own tasty (free) takeaway poem from thepoetrytakeaway.com.
I can almost hear some readers of this blog enquiring what, precisely, this has to do with The National Archives. Well, I asked my chef to cook me up a poem about archives. And it’s great.
I think about archives a fair bit, what with working with the wider archives sector, but also being an enthusiast for everything archives can do. A lot of my twitter followers are archivists, which means you’ll find us on Wednesday nights in the season watching Who Do You Think You Are?, eyes peeled for transgressions (“USE A BOOK REST!” flow the tweets. We’re a fun crowd). I’ve been thinking particularly about how we promote the value and use of archives lately. It is partly to do with my work on Archive Service Accreditation – my mission for accreditation is to increase the viability and visibility of UK archive services. Helping people to understand the value of what we hold is a big part of that. Continue reading »