Next week we will bid our Skills for the Future Trainee, Sarah, a fond farewell. She has worked incredibly hard and achieved a lot since starting with our Service in July 2014. Staff and customers alike will be sad to see her go, but we look forward to hearing about her next steps. Here, Sarah tells us a bit about plans for her final week and what she will be doing next:
I have had a wonderful time working with Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and now it's sadly time for my traineeship to end. What I have enjoyed most of all is meeting and helping customers so I am looking forward to continuing that by helping customers of The Hive in my new part time role within the library, while in an additional role I will be working at Ashmolean Broadway to help with the daily running of the museum, using a lot of the skills I have learned in heritage throughout my traineeship.
I have been busy for the last 15 months learning all I could about the historic documents and artefacts held by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and helping to relay information to customers about them. I have learned about digitisation, conserved some books and documents, welcomed visitors to the Archaeology Day School and helped deliver school workshops, and wrote and delivered a brand new workshop. I have helped people access the service and its resources by responding to enquiries, advising customers at the Explore the Past desk, talking to customers in the self service area and meeting customers at events.
I am finishing my last couple of projects in WAAS before my traineeship ends on 27th October. I have created a hand over pack for the Absent Voter Transcription Project and am putting the finishing touches to the new Explore the Past leaflet I have designed. A loyal band of volunteers transcribing the absent voter records from 1918 and 1919 supported me as I wrote about the project for the PG cert in Management and Leadership (heritage). The project will continue without me, but now the volunteers know what they are doing I just needed to leave a pack for my colleagues. And eventually the completed transcriptions will be available to researchers. Meanwhile staff and volunteers at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service and even friends from outside the service, kindly posed for photographs for the new leaflet. It's now on its way to the printers - look out for it in tourist information centres around Worcestershire!
By Sarah Ganderton
Best of luck for the future, Sarah! You can catch up with all of Sarah's Skills for the Future Trainee posts here.