Every month I will be providing a brief update on the progression of the archives and special collections project so far
The Tessa Boffin archive, photographer, has now been catalogued and can be found online on Archives Hub. The Canterbury College archive has been catalogued and has been submitted to Archives Hub, and will hopefully appear live shortly. Progress is currently being made on the Medway College Archive, and the Epsom and Ewell School of Art and Design.
We have recently received archival cataloguing software, CALM, compliant to archival standards (International Standards for Archival Description), which will be used to catalogue our collections.
Rochester Campus has recently been gifted a student sketchbook, showing processes in design in fashion in the 1960s. It provides examples of different fabrics used, and different cutting techniques. It should be of great interest to staff and students.
Maidstone Campus has also received graduation photographs from the 1980s.
Part of the archives and special collections project will be to identify suitable material to digitise. The depositor of the student sketchbook at Rochester Campus has indicated he will be happy to provide permission for the digitisation of this valuable resource in the future
Guidelines regarding cataloguing, appraisal and preservation have been drawn up, and will hopefully be available for staff to view shortly on MyUCA
Preservation needs of the collections have been assessed. Material will be purchased in the new financial year.
Increasing awareness of our collections means increasing awareness in the local community.
Canterbury College will have a permanent exhibition of artists’ books in the Beaney Museum for the opening in September.
Contact has been made with the other four campuses regarding connections for exhibitions in the local community.
Archives and Special collections website:
An archives and special collections website is currently in development. It will feature subject guides, details on the collections, including the special collections guides, and news and events.
Rebekah Taylor, Archivist & Special Collections Officer