Protecting the past

Archives Projects

A large part of our work is spent on preservation, conservation, cataloguing, and digitising items to make them accessible. Find out about the ongoing activities and how to get involved.

Help bridge the digital gap

Apply for this technical traineeship at East Riding Archives.

With today's archives being digital rather than on paper, we are looking for people interested in technology to help preserve our collective history. Archive collections are vital to literature, design and research, and in this role you'll find new ways for people to access and learn from all of this heritage. In the technical traineeship, you will:

  • Work on real-life projects and earn while you learn
  • Get specialist digital training in an archive
  • Benefit from structured e-learning and face-to-face workshops with fellow trainees
  • Work towards a certificate from ARA, the professional archives body

Bridging the Digital Gap is a paid 15 month traineeship from The National Archives, sponsored by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. For more information, salary, and to apply online before Wednesday 5 June 2019, visit the National Archives website on the link below. Interviews will take place in July, with the successful candidate starting in October 2019.

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There's a special machine or tool for every possible job in the conservation workshop.
Archives brought into the conservation workshop are very fragile, and need a delicate touch.
East Riding Archives welcome tour groups to find out more about the fascinating work we do. Get in touch to find out more.

The Conservation Workshop

On your next visit to the Treasure House, take a look inside the Conservation Workshop next to the Research Room. You might be able to see our Conservator at work preserving or repairing documents.

Conservation involves both reviving documents that are close to ruin and preserving documents in good condition so they remain that way to be accessed by generations to come. We hold many valuable documents and essential records, but some do not arrive in a condition that is ready to be handled. Items could have been found covered in mould, stained by flood waters or met with a number of possible accidents. It is our job to rescue these items. Cleaning and piecing them together again before we can preserve them in special acid-free storage boxes, in environment controlled strongrooms, where they will stand the test of time. Only in this way can we maintain a permanent archive of the East Riding.

Policies on collection and access

We maintain a number of policies on our standards on preservation and access to historic records available to download and read.

Projects and Funding

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund East Riding Archives is able to develop its important work. We've been able to buy photographic equipment to digitise records for preservation and easier access. Funding also helps us train volunteers and hold family activities. For more updates on projects, see the East Riding Libraries, Museums and Archives news page.

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