We had a very varied year in terms of additions to the Archives & Collections holdings here at the Library of Birmingham during 2018, so we thought we’d showcase a few highlights for you!
As you probably know, Archives & Collections is the archives repository for the City of Birmingham and as such we are committed to making your unique and precious collections – written and digital, images, maps, film and other media – accessible and relevant to everyone, and we continue to collect documents, in all forms, that will tell the story of today for people in the future.
To make this possible, we ensure that significant records, whether in traditional or digital format are actively collected and described, are preserved for future generations, are accessible and set in a context that helps us understand them, and, all records received are held for the benefit of the public.
So… in 2018 we took in about 78 cubic metres of new records for permanent preservation here in the Archives!
The first material that came in 2018 were the records of the National Adult School Organisation (NASO), and the last material that came in during 2018 was additional material relating to one of our Photography collections – and included images documenting the development of the city centre during the late 20th cent (MS 2820 Additional).
Over the year we supported a number of community heritage projects, and took in the material they generated including:
MS 4948 (2018/067): Records of amateur boxing history in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
The project ‘ Fighting for our Heritage’ was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aimed to draw together the history of the boxing club and amateur boxing in Birmingham. It ran for about 2 years in 2016 – 2018 during which time the project team researched the history and curated an exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery entitled ‘Fighting for our Heritage’.
You can find out more about this project in this blog post which we posted earlier in the year.
MS 4949 (2018/068): The History of Asian Youth Culture Project
The project collected the oral histories and photographs. ‘Asian Youth have played a huge role in shaping the social, cultural and political life of Birmingham and wider Britain. ‘Asian Youth Culture explores the heritage and history of lives and contributions of young Asian people in three distinct periods: 1950s-1960s, 1970s-1990s, 2000s-2018.
You can find out more about the project here:
Other collections we have added to this year include:
- Central England Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (SF)
- Birmingham Civic Society (MS 4751)
- Lench’s Trust (MS 904)
- Yardley Wood School (S 221)
- Birmingham Coroners’ Court (CO)
- Birmingham Magistrate’s Court (PS B)
- John Hardman & Co. (MS 175)
- Dudley Road Hospital (HC DR)
… and many more!
Every year we produce a return of what we have taken in and send it to the National Archives (TNA), and they publish it along with those from other Archive services on an annual basis. Returns for 2018 will be made available here in due course for you to have a look at (as well as the return of other Archives services across the country)!
Corinna Rayner, Archives & Collections Manager