Posted by: kbenoy | October 31, 2012

The Project – 16 Month Review

With exactly two months to go until the end of the Taking Account of Our Past project I thought it was time to reflect on the achievements of the project so far.

The main bulk of the cataloguing is coming to an end and I am currently working on the last few boxes of the main family records. Once they are finished I will be moving on to any odds and ends left over and making a start on cataloguing the ‘Mouldy Mander’ papers that include records regarding Samuel Small Mander, Ellen Maria Wilkes and Benjamin Reynolds. This set of records had been stored in very damp conditions and as a consequence were badly damaged. They have been cleaned by volunteers on the project and Jon the Conservator has made a start repairing some of the more significant finds such as the Trustees Ledger for Samuel Small Mander dating from 1881.

Jon working on the Trustees Ledger for Samuel Small Mander

The cataloguing should all be complete by the end of November leaving time to fully check the collection and catalogue before it is prepared to be fully launched on the Black Country History website, later in December.

I wanted to take a look at some of the achievements of the project so far in numbers…

  • 180 of boxes of records are fully sorted and catalogued

Completed Boxes

  • 964 items described on the catalogue

Items on the catalogue

  • The records of 66 businesses have been fully catalogued

Businesses on the catalogue

  • The records of 19 families have been fully catalogued

Families on the catalogue

  • 1,750 volunteer hours have been worked on the project so far

Group shot of the Volunteers
Back row: Sheila, Guy, Nick, Frank, Claire, Ann, Al, Stuart (Volunteer Co-ordinator), Sheila
Front row: Elizabeth, Margaret, Glenys

  • 80 blog posts

The blog

  • 51 comments on the blog

Comments on the blog

  • 12 original items on display

Records on display

I am pleased with the progress of the project and looking forward to completing the catalogue and making the collection fully accessible to the public.

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