2016 provided the opportunity for our School Archives to assist the Hearing Unit with a visual photographic and memorabilia display to celebrate their 40 years on Friday 26 August. It was a fully packed day that saw many old scholars revisit their much-loved School and join our current Senior School students for their School Assembly in the Dorothy Yates (DY) Hall, meet with current Hearing Unit students and staff, and visit the Parents and Friends (P&F) Gallery. Many old scholars have not been back since leaving their School and did not recognise parts of it. They were extremely impressed with our beautiful new areas such as the Senior School Resource Centre and the P&F Gallery, which was part of the old DY Hall as they knew it.
I thank Head of Visual Arts Mr Michael Ferrier for allowing Archives to use the P&F Gallery once again, and also curator Mrs Grace Ferrier who creates such wonderfully creative and visual displays with the material that she is given from our Archives.
Preservation and conservation are important aspects of all collections. In November I was particularly interested to attend a workshop presented by History SA and hosted by Artlab Australia. Artlab Australia is a government agency of Arts SA and was established in June 1985. They are well recognised in the conservation of cultural collections and provide expert services to preserve and care for collections. It was most beneficial to learn these processes for restoring and caring for different forms of memorabilia including artwork, books, ceramics, glass, photographs, textiles and wooden objects; and fascinating to be able to be involved in a behind-the-scenes look over the laboratories.
Our Archives has also seen an increase in research enquiries, from outside sources wanting to trace their family members who attended Girton, King’s or Pembroke. Often when we establish these connections it leads to Archives receiving additional information or photographs to add to our collections and records. We have been delighted to receive many photographs from our Pembroke community that particularly highlight our Founding Schools—Girton and King’s—such as these historical photographs.
School Archives is always grateful to receive any form of donation and I thank everyone who has kindly donated funds and/or items to preserve our memorabilia.
Remember - Archives Matter!