Following our recent fond farewell to many wonderful colleagues, last week saw one of our Archivists, Mike, take up the challenge of moving to the higher education sector to work as a Project Archivist.
Mike initially started working at Central Library in 2007 and came on board as the BCC Archivist – cataloguing and making available the records of the City Council. All his hard work over the years culminated in the catalogues going live and available to search online through Calmview under the reference BCC/1. This has made the collection so much more accessible as it can now be searched remotely.
Taking the opportunity to extend his knowledge, Mike was part of the team that delivered the Suburban Birmingham project. Working in collaboration with staff in AHP, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, and University of Birmingham Special Collections , Suburban Birmingham ‘explored the histories of Birmingham’s south-west suburban spaces and places, between 1880 and 1960’. Mike’s research looked at the challenges of building new communities, focussing on the Weoley Castle Estate and his fascinating essay Manors From Heaven: the municipal housing boom can be downloaded through the Connecting Histories website.
Always challenging himself to learn new skills and try out new projects, Mike was soon seconded to a project on the Warwickshire Photographic Survey. This is a collection of photographs documenting Birmingham. What has been a great outcome out of the project is a clearer understanding of the provenance of the collection, how it had developed, and a very detailed history of the survey itself which you can read online.
Above all, Mike as always been so good at sharing his knowledge with colleagues. His depth of knowledge about the records of the City Council has helped not only staff but many researchers with a wide range of subjects from social housing to the environment. Not forgetting all the wonderful blogs Mike has written over the years! (He’s also proved himself to be very good at locating items that found their way to the wrong shelves following the move….)
A much respected colleague, Mike thank you for all your hard work which has helped to take the service forward and we wish you all the very best in your new project, we have every confidence that you will be great!
Best wishes for the future to the human dynamo, from all your friends in AHP.