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Mick: Service Assistant

Mick and Sally

Service Assistants

'I work closely with my colleagues in the public rooms to ensure that readers get the documents they are after. Readers are often surprised by the size and age of the original documents I bring up from the strongrooms.'

'I may not be saving lives or my country but helping to preserve the country's heritage, memory and identity, which I feel is important.'

Motivated, Caring, Team-player, Inquisitive, Agile, Logical, Efficient

Mick is the Principal Service Assistant at London Metropolitan Archives. He has been a Service Assistant for 23 years and has worked at this office since it opened as the Greater London Records Office in 1983.

His main duties include retrieving items from the strong rooms for readers and staff. He also deals with commercial storage space and produces the office statistics.

Sally is a Service Assistant at Corporation of London Records Office and is currently studying for the Society of Archivists Diploma in Archives Administration course.

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