Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Manorial Documents Register Project Update January 2014: Meet the Project Volunteer

We currently have four volunteers in Worcester helping us with the Manorial Documents project, and six in Hereford.  They've done some really great work for us so far, transcribing the contents of handwritten and typed manorial index slips onto an Excel spreadsheet.  Soon, some of them will also be helping compile summary histories, or what we call 'authority files', for individual manors.  I'll explain more about what these are and why they are important for archives in upcoming posts.
Like all WAAS volunteers, those working on the MDR come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from students and recent graduates, to professionals in fields very different from archives, and individuals who play an active role in local history societies.  They also volunteer for a range of reasons, from a potential interest in pursuing a career in the archives or heritage sectors, to a keen enjoyment of local history or a desire to give something back to their local community.  A couple of things that they have in common are accuracy and a great eye for detail, as well as dedication.

This week, we meet one of our volunteers, Hazel Jennings: 

“My name is Hazel, and I retired 8 years ago.  I used to teach computing, at a college in Worcester. However, I started my working life at Worcester Record Office [now known as Worcestershire Archive Service], so was interested in voluntary work at The Hive.  I always knew the Record Office to be a very organised place, so this matches my love of computers.

My other interests are walking, travel and looking after the grandchildren."

We are enormously grateful for all the hard work our volunteers have done and their commitment over the coming months, and we hope to introduce more of them to you soon.

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