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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 […]

An appreciation of the humble minute book

Posted: March 28, 2017, 4:06 pm
We’ve all been there, you turn up to a meeting at work, or at a club or society, everyone gets settled, and then someone asks that dreaded question: do we have anyone to take the minutes? Cue much shuffling of paper and attempts to look busy in the hope that some heroic person will volunteer. […]

Accidental archives

Posted: January 12, 2017, 11:41 am
We are now into the fourth month of the Past Caring Project and 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year getting York’s healthcare and poor law records sorted and catalogued. In a few months’ time we will be joined by a professional conservator, who will have the job of ensuring that all these fabulous […]

Something to do with everything

Posted: November 22, 2016, 10:35 am
Well, here we are at the end of my eighth week on the Past Caring project. It has been a busy time, with my first few weeks spent meeting lots of new people, getting to grips with project goals, and getting my head around a new set of collections! Over the last few weeks I […]

New season, new staff member, new project

Posted: October 13, 2016, 2:59 pm
Hello everyone Autumn is well and truly upon us and for Explore York Libraries and Archives the new season brings with it an exciting new project, and me, the latest staff member to join the team. I’m Julie-Ann and over the next two years I will be researching and cataloguing the poor law and healthcare […]