My name is Debbie Hughes and I am the National Archives Transforming Archives Trainee at the London Metropolitan Archives. I have been in this role since October 2015.
I work in the Development Team, which produces the educational events at the London Metropolitan Archives. The educational events that London Metropolitan Archives hostsÂ vary vastly. We have school workshops for children from year four to sixth form. School groups usually go on a tour of the archives. We have university group workshops and special group workshops. As well as that we host adult events, such as talks, walks and document-viewings. We have two clubs,Â the Film club and LGBTQ club, which both run once a month.
I bet you are wondering what my role is in all this work. Well, I do a bit of everything. Iâ€™m grateful that I get to be involved in things that I like and want more experience in. Iâ€™m starting teacher training next year and so I like to get as much experience with schools as possible;Â I have assisted with a lot of school workshops this year. It has been great and I always learn something new, whether itâ€™s the Victorian way ofÂ making ice-cream or about the Great Fire of London. The school workshops are a great way to learn about history, plus I feel that my teaching skills always improve with every workshop.
I enjoy assisting with the talks and document-viewings. In January, I assisted my colleague, Symeon, with his talk and document-viewing on Sir Joseph Bazalgette, by researching the archives for documents to use for this event. Sir Joseph Bazalgette is most likely known for his work on Londonâ€™s sewage system. Although I found the research challenging, it was great when I had all the documents laid out which recognised this prestigious person for this special event.