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York: A City Making History

The blog of Explore York Archives service

Initial impressions…

Posted: November 8, 2017, 2:30 pm
This month we have a post from the newest Past Caring team member: our fantastic Erasmus intern from Spain… Hello everybody, I’m writing on this blog to introduce myself as the Erasmus intern who will be working at York Explore Library and Archive during the following months. My name is Carlos Parra and I am a graduate […]

York’s sanitary inspection books – more than just old drains

Posted: October 11, 2017, 12:34 pm
It has been a busy start to the autumn for the Past Caring team. Tiffany, our conservator, has been working hard along with her volunteers to repair, clean and package the Poor Law records. Meanwhile I have moved on to the records of York’s Medical Officer of Health and the Health Department, which date from the […]

Archive volunteers needed!

Posted: September 13, 2017, 10:32 am
We have a new opportunity to volunteer with our fabulous Past Caring archives project at York Explore. You will be helping us to catalogue and conserve York’s healthcare records dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with original archives in a friendly group environment. Volunteers for this […]

Conquering the Dreaded Red Rot

Posted: August 30, 2017, 3:20 pm
  Throughout the Past Caring Project we’ve often mentioned the term red rot as a major part of the collection’s conservation issues. As I’ve recently completed consolidating one hundred degraded leather bindings of the Poor Law Union and Workhouse collection, it feels like a great time to write a post on the topic. However foreboding the name, red rot […]

Improving York one street at a time

Posted: August 2, 2017, 2:21 pm
York’s City Commissioners (aka the Improvement Commissioners) Many of you may not be familiar with York’s City Commissioners, a group of officials who had the unenviable task of improving the condition of York’s streets in the first half of the nineteenth century. At the moment I am working on the catalogue for their records and […]

A Visit to the Teesside Archive

Posted: July 4, 2017, 7:58 am
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Teesside Archive in Middlesbrough and speak with conservator Helen Kendall (ACR) about some conservation/preservation techniques, as well as have a tour of the building and archive store. I’d been having several practical issues while consolidating degrading leather bindings of the Past Caring Project. Some of the bindings are […]

Fever, flagstones, and flushing: an introduction to York’s health care records

Posted: June 12, 2017, 10:26 am
The cataloguing strand of the Past Caring project has now reached an important juncture. In April I completed work on the records of York’s Poor Law Union and Workhouse. With the help of our magnificent project volunteers, we have created over 2700 entries, which will be available on our online catalogue next year. The Poor […]

Call for Preservation Volunteers

Posted: June 5, 2017, 1:17 pm
We’re currently looking for volunteers for the Past Caring Project! If you are interested in the Archives or enjoy doing practical work (no computers involved!) this is the role for you. No prior preservation experience is necessary. You will be handling original nineteenth and twentieth-century records: cleaning; relabeling; repackaging; with the potential for more in […]

Why Conservation?

Posted: May 8, 2017, 10:50 am
  In the Past Caring project, there are approximately 2000 bound items and boxed paper documents of the York Workhouse and Poor Law collection which are in need of some form of preservation or conservation action. That’s a lot of items to go through! Before their arrival to Explore, the collections were housed first in […]

A new addition to the Past Caring team

Posted: April 11, 2017, 3:38 pm
Hello all, Today I am writing to introduce myself as the newest member of the York Explore team: the Past Caring Project Conservator. Over the next year and a half, I will be working with the Project Archivist Julie-Ann Vickers on the Past Caring Project (find out more about the Past Caring Project on our […]