The National Council on Archives has published their report on volunteering in the archive sector. This is the outcome of a survey carried out earlier this year of volunteers to “celebrate and re-investigate the role of volunteering in the archive sector.” The report is available from the NCA website and provides an insight into why people volunteer, what the benefits are, the procedures different archives use and several case studies.
The Ballast Trust , is the only Scottish case study in the report. The Ballast Trust is a small charitable organisation based in Johnstone which processes technical archives (shipbuilding, railway and engineering plans and photographs) for other archive repositories. We rely heavily on the work of our volunteers and without them it would be very difficult for us to make sense of the material we work with. Because of the unique nature of the Trust’s operations and our use of volunteers with highly specialised knowledge we provided a good example of the benefits of matching specialist records with the appropriate specialist expertise to understand them. To find out more, please read the report or visit our website.
Assistant Archivist (Ballast Trust)