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Richard: Archivists

Richard, Jessica and Sian


'Helping to make the raw material of history more easily accessible to people makes being an archivist a highly rewarding position to have.'

'If you have an enquiring mind, have a love for History and are computer literate, or if you want to meet and work with a wide variety of people, and at the same time get your hands dirty, you should consider a career as an archivist.'

'I like doing varied jobs and the job can sometimes be hectic: one minute you're showing a new visitor how to use the finding aids, the next minute you have to answer an enquiry from a member of the public about the availability of a particular document.'

Ambitious, Respectful, Encouraging, Responsible, Organised, Flexible

Siān has been working at the Corporation of London Records Office for a few months. This is her first job since graduating from Liverpool with a Master of Archives and Records Management (MARM). She works in the Search Room, looking after archive users.

Richard is an archivist at London Metropolitan Archives. He has been a fully qualified archivist since summer 2002. He works on a range of documents, including posters, photographs, engravings, typed papers and hand written parchment. Some documents are just a few years old, whilst others date back three or four centuries.

Jessica has worked as fully qualified archivist at the Corporation of London Records Office (CLRO) for a year and a half but she also worked as an Archives Assistant at CLRO for 18 months before embarking on her MA in Archives and Records Management.

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