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Dr Clare Watson
Clare is Director of the Media Archive for Central England based at the University of Lincoln, and works closely with sector colleagues through Film Archives UK. She is also a member of the executive of the East Midlands Regional Archive Council. Clare has considerable experience in archive education, having led training in film and television archiving at MA level, co-ordinated the Media Archive Traineeships in partnership with Creative Skillset...
The value of archives Archives are the documents we produce as we go about our lives that are retained for their long-term historical value. Archives provide a contemporaneous, authentic voice from the past providing the core evidence for past decisions, actions, experiences and relationships. As such they are vital for a multitude of uses including education, research, democratic accountability, personal understanding and community identity. Arc...
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Pat became a Trustee and the Treasurer for Archives West Midlands in May 2017. She is a retired Civil Servant who worked for several Government Departments in administrative and junior managerial roles. Pat has been a Trustee and the Treasurer for The Friends of Shropshire Archives since 1994. She has also been a Treasurer for another small charity for several years and is an accounts examiner for another small organisation. Pat was a Company Sec...
Prof Alannah Tomkins
Alannah started work as a History lecturer at Keele University in 1995 and initially contributed to the Victoria County History for Staffordshire. Her research is focused on poverty, poor relief and charity (including the Stafford and North Staffordshire Infirmaries). She is now a Professor of Social History and works regularly with archival volunteers in Stafford and other counties.
Joanna Terry is Head of Archives and Heritage at Staffordshire County Council. She is also an executive member of the Chief Archivists in Local Government Group and a member of the Victoria County History Advisory Board. A former electronic records manager, Joanna is passionate about using digital technology to promote and share archives, and has a particular interest in developing solutions to preserving born digital archives.
Mary has more than 30 years archives experience. She is currently Archives Team Leader at Shropshire Archives and is a long-time supporter of regional collaboration. Mary believes that working in partnership across archives, and other cultural services, is essential to enable the sector to progress and develop in increasingly tough times. Her particular interests include developing remote access to collections, and working in partnership with vol...
...Richard is Collections and Development Manager at Heritage & Culture Warwickshire, and has worked for a number of other local authority services including those in Dudley, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire. He has also worked in the archives at the Mercers’ Guild and Bletchley Park Trust. Richard is passionate about community engagement and demonstrating the relevance and importance of archives to the communities they serve....
Sam has worked in archives within universities, museums, businesses and charities. She is now working for Ofwat, the Water Services Regulation Authority, in the role of Information Governance Manager, responsible for records management and information compliance. As a member of the ARA Board she helped oversee the transition to the new Archives and Records Association. Sam directed AWM’s highly successful Strong Rooms project and enjoys making a...
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...There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at the member services. Many people enjoy volunteering with archive across the West Midlands. Whether you wish to learn something new, meet new people or just doing something that feels good volunteering is a great way to do this whilst finding out more about and becoming better connected with your community. Please contact your nearest service if you are interested in volunteering....
Jim is a registered archivist with a specialist interest in the care of photographic collections, and a passion for communicating the importance of archives for all people and communities. He has worked for local authority, museum and religious archives and is currently an archivist within an integrated collections team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He represents Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society on the management committe...
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Over 500 people worked as volunteers in our archives, giving over 42,000 hours of time to support our work throughout the West Midlands for 2014-2015. It’s a big thrill being given the responsibility of caring for four hundred year old documents. Also, I’m very grateful to be learning new skills and ways of working. I get a buzz from seeing something on the web and thinking, I helped put that there! I believe it is very important to make history...
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Archives West Midlands Annual Review 2019–2020
We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest Annual Review.
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May 19, 2021
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