Thanks to funding provided by the Friends, work has started on a project to improve the descriptions of many collections held by the Archive. The project builds on from a previous survey project, undertaken in 2019-2020, which identified nearly 9,000 locations in the Archive strongrooms for which there is currently no information available in Calm/LANCAT. So, while there is a record of where the locations are and what collection they belong to, it is a bit of a mystery what is actually stored there or what it consists of.
Whilst the large number of locations to be listed means that detailed cataloguing will not be possible in most instances, the aim is to provide enough description to enable searchers to identify whether the material may be of interest to them. The project will also help to identify further work needed on collections, repackaging needs and possible volunteer projects, which should all help to inform future workstreams in the Archives.
Keep an eye on this blog for reports on progress, collections which have been listed and for items of interest which have been found along the way. Below is the front cover of a 1932 Olympia Show exhibition brochure for Shaws of Darwen, manufacturers of terracotta, glazed brick and ceramic sinks [collection: DDX 2655].