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Pilot archive workshop for NLHF project, 2019

The GNM Archive

Projects and partnerships

In addition to our core work collecting, preserving and sharing Guardian and Observer records, we engage in projects and partnerships from time to time. These may be aimed at developing the collections in new ways, opening the archive up to new audiences, or bringing new perspectives into the archive team.

In recent years we have worked with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The National Archives, u3a and our colleagues at GNM to deliver projects with a range of benefits for young people, volunteers and researchers.
NLHF Project
With a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant we engaged more than 300 students aged 11-14 with our collections. Participants used our records to explore the challenges journalists faced in reporting news before the internet. A legacy resource is available to download.
Remote NLHF workshop with Ark Charter Academy, 2021. Photograph: Ark Charter Academy
Archive Testbed Fund project
A National Archives Testbed grant allowed us to work with remote volunteers, including members of u3a, to open up archival records written in phonetic shorthand. We used of the online transcription platform Transkribus to enable volunteers with shorthand experience to work with digital copies of a reporter's notebooks from 1960s Africa.
Bridging the Digital Gap
The Bridging the Digital Gap programme (BtDG), run by The National Archives and funded by NLHF, aims to increase digital skills in archives by bringing new people from different backgrounds into the workforce. We were selected to host a trainee, joining a cohort of digitally-active archives that also included Amnesty International, the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol.
Tasdiq Dewan in the archive stores, 2022. Photograph: Guardian News & Media Archive
Oral histories
Working with GNM colleagues in 2021, we ran an oral history project to capture the experiences of Guardian staff in the newspaper's bicentenary year.
I am sure that others who have tried to make shorthand collections more accessible will really value the learning that has come from this
Archives Testbed project funder
The National Archives
I have gained many useful skills and experiences throughout my time working at the GNM Archive. Above all else, it has exposed me to the importance of digital skills and implementing them in traditionally non-tech focused sectors
Tasdiq Dewan
BtDG Trainee
Thank you for a wonderfully engaging and interesting session. The pupils loved it!
NLHF workshop participant
Exhall Grange School, Coventry
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