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SCA Skills for the Future Trainees Visit

Monday 25 January 2016

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the first of the cohort visits for the Opening up Scotland’s archives trainees. The aim of the day was to give the group a flavour of what our trainee, Anabel, has been doing on her traineeship, and to show them what makes the Special Collections here different to the other host organisations.

The day began with a palaeography workshop at the taken by Muniments Archivist Rachel Hart. With over twenty documents covering hands from the fifteenth through to the twentieth century, it was an intensive – but hopefully enjoyable! – session. We then left the Reading Room and headed to the store, where Moira Mackenzie, Head of Reader Services, delivered a talk on the challenges of running a remote reading room. A tour of the stacks followed, and the day finished with ‘show and tell’ sessions from the Special Collections curators who had each chosen their three favourite items from their collections to show the trainees.

Maia Sheridan, Manuscripts Archivist, shows the Bustan of Sa'di‌