They came, they saw, we think they liked it!

Our pop-up exhibition was a great success! Having never attempted anything like this before, we were a little uncertain as to how it would go – whether we had enough items on display, whether it would be interesting enough, and whether anyone would come!

Visitor's to the Wolfson Centre for the Explore Your Archive Pop-Up Exhibition

Visitors to the Wolfson Centre for the Explore Your Archive Pop-Up Exhibition

We needn’t have worried. We had a fantastic turnout of people and some really lovely comments, here are just some of them:

Very much appreciated by ‘tentative’ researchers. Going to a “new” Archive can be quite scary. Thank you!

Great to see the Archive being “re-born”, such an important part of Birmingham’s Heritage. Good to see today’s display.

Interesting display. Very informative providing ideas for further research. Many thanks.

Elijah and transcripts of the Mendelssohn letters on display at the exhibition

Elijah and transcripts of the Mendelssohn letters on display at the exhibition

Our staff really enjoyed the event as it gave us the opportunity to open up our collections and talk to our visitors about the items on display. Seeing people connecting with the items and sparking their interest embodies why Explore Your Archives is so important. It gives us the opportunity to break down barriers  – particularly for those who have never been to the archives before as  they can be intimidating places! Thank you all for coming!

If you couldn’t come along, you can still see some of our highlighted collections on the Iron Room, and we have also launched a new gallery on the Birmingham Images website.

There are still a few more days left of Explore Your Archives Week but after the success of this year’s campaign so far, we’re already thinking ahead to next year!

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One response to “They came, they saw, we think they liked it!

  1. I have never used an archive or visited an archive before so this was great to have a little insight into your work. I thought you did a great job in showcasing some of your collections and taking time out to engage with us.Thanks for your time, I hope you do it again soon.
    It has helped to demystified the world of archiving and i hope to come back soon and use the facilities.
    I loved the photo album of the construction of Elan Valley dam and the letters from private Smith to his company.

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