Cold storage scheme

The National Conservation Service and Restore Plc are pleased to announce that the long awaited cold storage scheme, located at the NCS collaborative storage service at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, is now ready to take collections.
The cold store is intended for acetate plastic photographic sheets/strips (negatives and transparencies all formats including mounted slides), cine film and loose reel audio tape (not cassette tapes).  Storage will be at (minus) -20C and collections will be stored inside microclimate packages (ref BS4971:2017).  It can also take colour paper-based photographs and nitrate sheet film negs (not nitrate cine-film).
The storage is complemented by a packaging service and pre-conditioning at 35% RH.  The basic storage charge will be based on a standard crate size at £25 per crate per annum.  We estimate that a crate will take between c.2500 and c.10,000 photo images depending on format.  Arrangements can also be made for digitisation of material either before storage or when required subsequently.
If you are interested in joining the cold storage scheme and sending collections to Upper Heyford, please contact Lisa at  Information about the cold storage scheme will soon be available on the NCS website

Syon Abbey collection

The modern manuscripts (dated 1526-late 20th century) in the Syon Abbey Medieval and Modern Manuscript Collection (reference number EUL MS 262), which are looked after by Special Collections at the University of Exeter, have now been catalogued at item level and are available to search via an online catalogue. It is hoped that the new catalogue entries will make the manuscripts much more discoverable and accessible to future users. For more information, a blog post about the newly catalogued manuscripts (including images!) can be read here.

The Syon Abbey archive can be searched in the online catalogue using the reference number: EUL MS 389.

Excel for Archivist workshop

Dates have been confirmed for next year’s Excel for Archivists courses in Oxford:

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February 2019

Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May 2019

Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 December 2019

In each case the first date is the level one course,  Essential techniques for listing archives using Excel and the second is level two, Data improvement and data migration.  At both levels, the emphasis is on practical exercises based on genuine archive lists and catalogues.  The courses can be taken separately or as a pair, but it is strongly recommend attending level one before level two.

To BOOK, contact the Oxford University IT centre at

For a SUMMARY of the course content, go to

For MORE information, contact Gillian Sheldrick on

Job ad: Project Archivist

Project Archivist

1 year Fixed Term Contract from February 2019

Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week

£16,000pa, onsite accommodation may be available

Are you an enthusiastic and committed professional with excellent organisational, operational and interpersonal skills?

St George’s is an outstanding school, opened in 1869 by the Catholic Josephites, with the aim of providing a perfectly balanced education for boys and girls.

We are seeking a Project Archivist to assist with the identification of material for the forthcoming anniversary of St George’s College. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years’ experience in archiving procedures and project management skills. A formal qualification in this area is desirable. With a high level of attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of team with minimal day to day supervision.

As well as the beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities we also offer:

  • Free freshly prepared lunches
  • Onsite accommodation at subsidised rents
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Benenden Membership
  • Childcare vouchers and holidays camps discounts
  • Discounts with local retailers
  • Employee social events
  • Onsite parking

For an application pack please contact the Human Resources team on 01932 839300 ext 3785 or by email The deadline for completed application forms is midday on Monday 3 December 2018, interviews will be held on w/c 10 December 2018.

For further details or to arrange an informal visit to the College, please contact Christian Kendall-Daw, Deputy Head Staff, on 01932 839300 ext 3311 or by email

St George’s Weybridge is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.  St George’s Weybridge is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a registered Educational Charity no. 1017853 as well as a data controller and registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as required under current data protection legislation. Further information about how we use personal data is available in our Privacy Notice.

Explore Your Archives

Launch week this year for the campaign is 17-25 November. Ireland’s launch date is 15 November and the venue the National Library in Dublin. Wales is on 16 November in historic Caernarfon. Scotland kicks off on 21 November at Hutcheson’s school in Glasgow. Last, but not least, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service launches for England on 24 November.

For more information visit

CFP: Representing Popery in Britain & Ireland, 1520-1900

Representing Popery in Britain & Ireland, 1520-1900

Submission deadline: December 30, 2018

Conference date(s): April 10, 2019 – April 11, 2019

Conference Venue: School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

A two-day workshop on the representation of popery in British history (from the Reformation to the close of the nineteenth century) will take place at Newcastle University, 10-11 April 2019. The aims of the workshop are to assess and evaluate the roles that representations of Catholics (and other figures deemed to be ‘popish’) played in political, religious, and social discourse over four centuries of British history. To what extent were these representations reliant upon stereotypes and conspiracy theories? What was the balance between continuity and change in these representations across the centuries? Did each region of the British Isles have distinct traditions of representing popery? And to what extent was popery distinct from Catholicism as a language and/or ideology of politics at various points in British history?

The workshop will not be run via a series of formal papers, but will encourage discussion, exchange and interdisciplinary debate. Historians, art historians, theologians, and literature scholars at all stages of their careers are encouraged to participate in this workshop. If you are interested in contributing, please submit a 300 word abstract of your research interests and how they relate to one of more of the following themes to by 30 December 2018:

•Defining popery in context

•Representations of Catholics in literature and drama

•Representations of non-Catholics as ‘popish’

•Visual representations of Catholics & popery

•Traditions of representation in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England

•Conspiracy Theories


•Memory of 1605, 1641, or the 12th.

•Representing the past through anti-Catholicism

•Propaganda and polemic

•Material culture and anti-Catholicism

•Change and continuity in representation of anti-Catholicism

It is expected that proceedings from the workshop will be published at a later date.

The workshop is being organized by ‘Anti-Catholicism in British History c.1520-1900’, a network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim of this network is to outline the history of anti-Catholicism in Britain by focusing on how it contributed to political, cultural, and religious movements during moments of crisis, by tracing the roles which stereotypes and conspiracy theories played in maintaining anti-Catholic ideology, and by assessing the ways in which anti-Catholicism changed across the centuries and how vital this change was to ensuring that it remained a vital part of ‘British’ and ‘Protestant’ identities.

If you would like to join the network or participate in its workshops and events, please send a brief outline of your research interests to