Introducing myself...

A colour for every subject - exercise books from Preston Grammar School.
Lancashire Archives, SMPR/66/ACC13365/6
Organising three tables full of Electoral Registers and Committee Minutes from a large number of areas in Lancashire.
Individual pupil timetables.
Preston Grammar School Satchel
Quarter Session Prisoner Trials - 1855-1869
Lancashire Archives, DDX 104 ACC13365

Hello!

My name is Carmel Hustler and I joined the team at Lancashire Archives in October 2022. My role is funded by the Friends of Lancashire Archives. Before joining the archives team, I enjoyed a career as a teacher and subject leader in history in different secondary schools across Lancashire. Prior to this I taught A Level History, courses in undergraduate degree level humanities and researched and presented my own research at conferences. In addition, I completed my PhD in History, part time, whilst working full time for various organisations.

From the beginning…

My enthusiasm for history began whilst at secondary school, due to an extremely inspirational teacher. Her passion was infectious and set me on a path to find a career in the subject I love. Initially, post PhD, I researched and presented a couple of papers at academic conferences, but a sidestep into education allowed me to inspire and teach children and adults to love and engage with history. However, I have always had a drive to return to working with original records and this led me to spend time as a volunteer at Lancashire archives, whilst still working in education. I am currently completing a PGDip in Archives and Records Management with Dundee University.

Since my arrival at the archives…

Since October 2022, I have been involved in appraising, cataloguing and boxing up a number of accessions. A few examples include: parish magazines from Catholic, Church of England and United Reformed churches from the Fleetwood area; exercise books, timetables, magazines and diaries from Preston Grammar and Park School; parish council minutes from various churches; Preston Guild magazines; George Freckleton’s diaries; and concert programmes from Lancashire Youth Orchestra and Preston Orpheus Choir. I have also undertaken a site visit to Carnforth with archivists Keri Nicholson and David Tilsley to the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, to appraise and collect items to be brought back to the archives and catalogued.

The arrival of 500 boxes of items from the Local Studies collections at the Harris has also led to the cataloguing of Preston Guild minutes; committee minutes and electoral registers from a range of areas, including Fylde Borough Council, Preston City Council, Preston Rural District Council, South Ribble Borough Council, Fulwood Urban District Council, Lytham St. Anne’s Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and St. Anne’s on the Sea Urban District Council. However, there are still many more boxes to unpack!

Thank you for reading and I look forward to meeting you, when you next make a visit to the archive!

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