One of the most important activities of the History of Place project is the archival research carried out by members of the Volunteer Research and Archive Group (VRAG). Members are responsible for uncovering stories in the archives at our eight sites that highlight the heritage of the site, are unique, interesting, curious and can share experiences of what it was like to attend or inhabit the site.
In Liverpool members of VRAG will work in the school based archive at the Royal School for the Blind. They will help to catalogue the collection, identify materials suitable for use in creative workshops, films, games and exhibitions and uncover stories to share that illuminate the heritage of the school. Although work has been carried out in the archive in the past (by Mike Royden whose work produced a brilliant book on the school called Pioneers and Perseverance: A history of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool 1791-1991) it remains publically inaccessible because it is a private archive. The History of Place project will enable stories from the archive, that would otherwise go unheard, to be shared and celebrated.
Join our archive group and get training
VRAG members in Liverpool will take part in an Induction and tour of the Liverpool Record Office on 5th April and then a tour (date TBC) of the Special Collections and Archives at the University of Liverpool. Members will have the opportunity to take part in archival training, oral history training and Disability Equality Action Training to support them to carry out their work.
Are you interested in becoming a VRAG member in Liverpool or at one of our other sites in Bristol, London and Kent? Get in touch and find out more by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01303 259 777