Posted by: kbenoy | December 5, 2012

Volunteer End of Project Party

Last Friday Wolverhampton City Archives hosted the Taking Account of Our Past end of project party for our volunteers. All Archive volunteers were invited to the party to celebrate the work of volunteers throughout the year. The main focus of the party was to gather the volunteers and offer them the opportunity to have a chat and get to know each other better over a drink and some nibbles.

Chatting at the Volunteer Party

Chatting at the Volunteer Party

The volunteers have supported the project in a number of roles including researching the background of many of the businesses and families represented in the collection, assisting with sorting the records, and basic conservation work like cleaning and repackaging of records.

Frank cleaning the Trustees Minute Book for Samuel Small Mander deceased

Frank cleaning the Trustees Minute Book for Samuel Small Mander deceased

The stories behind the records have proved to be fascinating and have helped to bring a collection that appeared dull to life. The research has helped to put the records in context and make them much more accessible to archive users.

Volunteer research

Volunteer research

The volunteers have worked incredibly hard on this project, giving around 1,800 hours over the last 18 months. Their work has helped to develop this project far beyond a simple catalogue and has helped to create a great resource for users of the collection.

Description on the catalogue with a volunteer researched Administrative History

Description on the catalogue with a volunteer researched Administrative History

An unexpected outcome of the project has been discovering the lives and connections of many prominent and influential Wolverhampton people from the turn of the 20th century. It has been interesting to find through the volunteer’s research that many of the families and businesses were interconnected.

Left to right: Betty, Nick, Elizabeth, Frank, Tom, Margaret, Angus, Shelia, Jack

Left to right: Betty, Nick, Elizabeth, Frank, Tom, Margaret, Angus, Shelia, Jack

I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to this project and other projects at the Archives. The input of the volunteers has really helped to make this project special and I hope each person who has contributed has enjoyed being a part of the project as much I have. I greatly appreciate all the help and support I have received during the project and I have really enjoyed getting to know all the volunteers.

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