I’m going to make my own mark; poetry will be a fresh, bold-stepping spirit on the site and (I’m hoping) not the last of its breed.
Based in Nottinghamshire Archives, I’m currently supporting three projects in my role as trainee for The National Archives: one in which I’m digitising sensitive data, another project that supports the role of the Nottinghamshire Archives within school’s outreach and the curriculum and, thirdly, one that feeds an online site which serves the communities of Nottinghamshire. This latter is uploaded with digital scans and photographs of manuscripts and documents from Nottinghamshire Archive’s collection alongside explanations and background to the images.
I see a lot of trolley pushing of document requests; indeed, one can imagine being on a hospital ward, distributing medicines, chocolate and newspapers to the patients.
But what we’re really seeing is history rolled out: maps, plans, indentures, probate documents, personal and collective memories… Yesterday I was skimming through newspapers from the Second World War and reflecting on my father and his seasoned eight decades.