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Opening Up Scotland's Archives

The Scottish Council on Archives today launches their exciting new training project ‘Opening up Scotland’s Archives’ starting in Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and East Lothian.

This major new three year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, presents a unique opportunity for six paid trainees to contribute to the care and development of Scotland’s world-class archival heritage.

Making memories safe for future generations

In 2014 our national and local identity is high on everyone’s mind, archive collections are the ‘keepers’ of these momentous events making sure our shared public and personal memories are safe for future generations. Intrinsic to our national character and heritage, archives chronicle the growth of the Scottish people: from kings and queens, through engineers and philosophers, to crofters and labourers or soldiers and housewives.

This is a call to create a more diverse workforce, attract new people and skills into archive services especially to work with communities, digital skills, social media and IT – essential to archives of the 21st century.

Learning new skills

We are seeking applications from six people who may never have thought about a job in this area. Trainees will work with high profile organisations and collections, on real-life projects like commemorating World War 1, whilst learning new skills. They will help to bring the past to life for new audiences and ensure our documented national memory remains accessible to future generations.
Opening up Scotland’s Archives is part of the Skills for the Future training programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Led by Scottish Council on Archives in partnership with The National Archives (Kew), the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies.

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