In my role as a National Archives Skills for the Future trainee, I have been based in both Tyne & Wear Archives and Northumberland Archives. The goal of my year as a trainee has been to open up archives and engage new audiences in my home region of the North East. My traineeship has focused on digitisation and online engagement.
My background has provided a different perspective to both archives. I am a recent graduate in digital creative practice, specialising in photography. My work during my degree consisted of intense research into historical photography and practices, and because of this I have approached our collections with a mind to the wider value of archives both to the community, and also as a creative resource.
A further aspect to my position here, and one I personally value, is that of creative reuse. It is well-known that through using both creative digital mediums and skills, access to archives can be drastically improved and a greater engagement with the public can be achieved. I have primarily been working on potential contemporary and digital projects for the First World War centenary, experimenting with new and alternative ways to express and communicate the many stories of the First World War that we hold in our stores to the public. To achieve this we are creating various digital resources and projects using our records.