LastÂ October I started my Transforming Archives traineeship at Archives+ in Manchester and Wigan Archives specialising in digitisation, outreach and engagement. It is hard to believe it has been ten months already and the traineeship will soon come to an end.
I have had the opportunity to be webmaster for GM1914, a blog about Greater Manchester during the First World War, a role that involved editing volunteer blog contributions from all ten Greater Manchester authorities. I have been particularly proud of developing our Battle of the Somme 100 year anniversary commemoration season which involves posting a volunteer-contributed blog once a week about the story of Greater Manchester, its soldiers and the Somme.
During the traineeship, I edited two books that are now on sale in the Greater Manchester area, including â€˜Steady Progress: The Making of Modern Leighâ€™ by local historian and Wigan Archives volunteer Yvonne Eckersley. Working with Yvonne and helping turn years of work into an interesting and engaging book was a brilliant experience that I am proud to have been a part of.