Work and Study in Archives and Heritage

An article I wrote a while ago for the Iron Room Blog – Archives & Heritage @theLibraryofBirmingham

The Iron Room

William Westley, 1731The Plan of Birmingham by William Westley, 1731

Working as a Library and Archives Assistant for the past five years I have handled thousands of documents, maps, photographs, books, newspapers, microfiche and microfilms. But apart from fleeting glimpses as I handed them over to eager researchers, it had been rare to find the opportunities to study many of them in more depth. I am more familiar with our catalogues and finding aids than I am with the actual content of our vast resources. Embarking two years ago on Postgraduate study in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies finally gave me the opportunity – and motive – to get up close and personal with a variety of our collections.

Although much of the course involved material located online there have been several Etudes where we could choose our own subject matter. Where possible I have rooted all of these firmly within Birmingham…

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