Falkirk Community Trust Archive Service has been selected as one of twelve Scottish archives to deliver a unique project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Funding of over £513,400 has been awarded to help the Scottish Council on Archives to provide eighteen traineeships over the next three years, working in partnership with archive services across Scotland. The project ‘Opening Up Scotland’s Archives’ will bring together partner organisations and deliver training that supports service improvement across the archives sector. Training will be delivered by means of annual bursaries, mentoring, and working on a range of exciting projects which allow trainees to develop a variety of skills they can take with them to future career and training opportunities.
Falkirk Archives, based in Callendar House, will host one trainee in 2015/16 and one in 2016/17 beginning in October/November 2015. The focus of the traineeships will be Digitisation, concentrating on the selection of archives and photos for digitisation. The archives team will provide training in dealing with copyright issues, developing related outreach activities and collections management.
Elspeth Reid, Archivist for Falkirk Community Trust said:
“We’re delighted to be part of this project. It will develop skills in the trainees which will make archives more accessible in the future and it will also allow us to make more of our collections available on-line.”
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:
“Our archives are a valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore the history of Scotland or the communities within it. Through supporting these work-based placements, we are giving people the experience and skills to pursue a career in archives while ensuring that the sector as a whole is in a stronger position for the future.”
The Chair of the Scottish Council on Archives Dr Irene O’Brien said:
“This support from the Heritage Lottery Fund provides an exciting opportunity to improve vital skills within the archives sector. I say vital because they will help to open up archives – the ‘documented memory’ of the nation - to a wider range of users and do so in ways they want.”
The scheme will be delivered by the Scottish Council on Archives, in association with The National Archives (UK), the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies. Recruitment for trainees is scheduled to take place in July-August 2014 and interested parties should check the Scottish Council on Archives website for updates: http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/