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Explore Your Archive

We’ve had a busy November and December. The Voices Through Time team participated in this year’s Explore Your Archive week. This week is organised by the Archives and Records Association for the UK & Ireland and is an opportunity for those of us working with archives to highlight our collections and the work that is being done with them.

Over the week, we shared posts and blogs on the tokens that parents left with their children, literacy and handwriting in relation to the petition letters, as well as sharing an insight into the work of the conservation team at London Metropolitan Archives, who have been conserving the archive documents ahead of them being digitised. Through this we were able to share some of the work that has been done through this project with a wider archival and heritage audience.

Sub-committee starts
On Zooniverse, we recently added the first batch of the Sub-committee minutes. There are 36 volumes of these in total, covering the period 1748-1843. The records that have already been transcribed have already shed new light on the day to day business and running of the hospital.

Swords and hoops
As well as noting who was at each meeting, there have been details around a whole host of topics emerging from the Sub-committee minutes. These include details of musical performances at the Foundling Hospital, including one such performance that Volunteer @Liverpool-Cooper shared on the Talk board, where ‘Gentlemen are desired to come without swords and Ladies without hoops’.

Other intriguing subjects so far have included fishing nets, beer and spinning wheels!

As the volumes cover a period of 95 years, and you continue to transcribe, I’m looking forward to seeing even more evocative details and information come to light.

– Jo, Project Archivist

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