My name is Amy and Iâ€™m part of the Transforming Archives traineeship,Â withÂ my specialism being digitisation. I’m based at UCL Institute of Education, Newsam Archive, and I have been working on the White Family collection, of whom three sisters became teachers in the early 1900s. In 1864, Louisa Makin married Robert White and went on to have four daughters; Mary Louisa (Louie); Lucy Winifred (Winnie); Jessie Gertrude; and Agnes Sarah.
Winnie married Charles Henry Nicholls in 1902 and their daughter Agnes Margaret (Poppy) was born in 1907. Winnie worked for the London University matriculation, as a private governess, and then as a form mistress, during which time she trained in elocution at the Guildhall School of Music. Between 1901 and 1917 she taught elocution and history of art at various schools before founding, and becoming head of, The Garden School which she based on the principles of love, freedom, brotherhood, cooperation and service. She was also heavily involved with the New Education Fellowship, which held conferences at the Garden School.
I have been focusing on a scrapbook compiled by Louisa White which contains memorabilia relating to her daughters’ careers.
I have been assessing the digitisation requirements for the scrapbook, taking into consideration the physicality of the book, how to undertake digitisation work, how to process and describe the digital images, as well as the time involved in carrying out such tasks. My recommendations are specific to this scrapbook and the resources available at the Institute of Education. I will briefly outline some of these considerations below but I fully expect to adapt them once testing has been completed. Continue reading »