Amongst the 12,000 “pre-vinyl” 78s in our British Dance Band Collection are examples of around 200 different record labels. One particularly rare and sought-after brand can be seen here at the start of this video. It is the very short-lived “Gold” Edison Bell label which was only in existence for about 18 months in 1933-4. The rest of the video features still photographs of the Joe’ Loss band. Joe led one of the best British bands of the 1930s and he was still active as a bandleader until his death in 1990.
Do you enjoy working with technology and digital systems at college, or at your job or voluntary work?
Are you looking for a challenging development opportunity with a digital focus?
Would you like supportive on-the-job training and to do real work in a rapidly developing area for the archive sector?
We are now recruiting for a 15-month ‘Bridging the Digital Gap’ trainee. This is part of The National Archives’ initiative to bring new talent into the archives sector, helping us to preserve digital material for future generations and make it accessible.
Why do we
need a trainee and what’s the ‘digital gap’?
The records we
create now are increasingly digital, not paper, and have been for some time. If
we don’t take action to improve the way we can manage digital material, our
history is going to fall into the ‘digital gap’. There is also increased
opportunity for digital engagement with archives, enabling collections to be
shared with a much wider audience in new and exciting ways. The trainees on
this scheme will therefore be playing a vitally important role in helping us
learn how to preserve, manage, and make available our digital history.
the trainee do?
There are eight
traineeships available in this year’s cohort, four in Yorkshire and four in
London. Heritage Quay will be hosting one trainee from October 2019 for the
32-hour a week, 15-month placement.
The role here
will be truly varied, particularly as Heritage Quay is a joint Archives and
Records Management Service, which means you will be working with the
University’s current business records in addition to our archive collections.
Highlights of the role include:
Piloting the enhancement of online exhibitions
Participating in digitisation projects
Supporting projects for the development of the University’s electronic records management system
Assisting with the development of procedures for born-digital collections
Piloting workflows to manage preservation of digital material
you get out of it?
digital skills and fresh approach will help us to enhance our digital
capabilities, the scheme is also an excellent opportunity to develop your own
skills. In addition to learning on the job and gaining experience with real
projects, you will participate in an e-learning programme and face-to-face
workshops, collaborate with other trainees, and work towards a professional
certificate recognised by the Archives and Records Association.
Who are we
is perfect for anyone interested in digital technology and looking for a
challenging development opportunity. The only qualifications you’ll need are
either A Level(s)/Level 3 qualification(s) in Science, Maths, Computing or
another technical subject or demonstrable experience in using technical skills.
In addition to an interest in and experience with digital technology, we’re
looking for a good communicator and problem solver with organisational and
What do I do
if I’m interested?
If you think
that this is the role for you, the full job advert and details on how to apply
are available on Civil
Service Jobs; all applications should be submitted there.
If you have any
questions about the role, contact Sian Astill at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01484 472963.
The first authentic jazz recordings in the UK were “waxed” exactly 100 years ago this month during April 1919. A group of young guys has just arrived from New Orleans and had taken London by storm. Columbia swiftly saw their potential and whisked them off to their recording studios and issuing a series of very important recordings. We have a full set of the “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” Columbia 78s in the British Dance Band Collection held at Heritage Quay and here is a link to one of their UK recordings; Satanic Blues:
Following the launch of the England Netball archives early in March 2019, President of England Netball Lindsay Sartori was interviewed on The Netball Show about the history of the sport. Take a listen here:
Here’s another recent addition to the British Dance Band collection here in the Heritage Quay. It represents exactly what was happening in popular music at the end of the Ragtime era before the arrival of jazz. The band was based at Lyons’ Corner House, Coventry Street, London with an instrumentation based on a lead violin, two banjos, piano and drums. Recorded in March 1918 and issued on the Winner record label that had adopted a rather dull colour during the austerity of WW1. Jazz “proper” arrived exactly 100 years ago by boat with the visit of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Next month we will be celebrating this by sharing their first London recording which was in April 1919″
The archive celebrates the game from 1897 to the present day
Netball is a boom sport and now its origins and development can be traced by visitors to Heritage Quay.
It has become home to the England Netball Heritage Archive, a large
collection of documents, pictures, videos and memorabilia covering the
history of “women’s basketball” – as it was originally known – from 1897
to the present day, including recent highlights such as the exploits of
the England team, which vanquished Australia to win Gold at the 2018
Based on American basketball, netball was created in England in 1897
at the Bergman-Österberg Physical Training College for Women, in
Dartford. By 1900, the rules had been published and the game soon
spread across the British Empire.
The All England Net Ball Association was founded in 1926 and in 2016
the modern body England Netball was awarded a grant by the Heritage
Lottery Fund to mark the sport’s 90th anniversary by creating an
When the anniversary celebrations had concluded, England Netball sought advice on the best permanent home for the collection, and the UK’s National Archives recommended the University of Huddersfield’s Heritage Quay.
One of the most publicly accessible and advanced facilities in the sector, it also houses the archives of the Rugby Football League. Now it becomes even more attractive to sports historians and enthusiasts by homing the extensive England Netball Heritage Archive, which is fully catalogued online.
At a special launch event, guest speakers included Liz Nicholls CBE, a
former netball international herself who is now CEO of UK Sport.
Current England Netball CEO Joanna Adams also spoke, and there was a
welcome from the historian Professor Tim Thornton, the University of
Huddersfield’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Also speaking was Councillor
Mumtaz Hussain, the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Council.
After the opening speeches, netball enthusiasts at the launch event
were the first to have the opportunity to examine items in the archive.
Joanna Adams said: “Netball has grown massively and been thrust into
the limelight, especially over the last 12 months since the England team
won the Commonwealth Games for the first time in history. It is
wonderful to now be able to look back on how it all began thanks to this
archive, and to see how netball got to where it is today.
“I hope others enjoy sharing in the history of this sport as much as I do.”
Sarah Wickham, the University’s Archivist and Records Manager, said:
“We are delighted that England Netball have deposited their archive with
Heritage Quay. This is a significant addition to our sporting
collections. Building on netball’s recent high profile successes, we
look forward to welcoming researchers interested in exploring the
sport’s rich history, and working with England Netball to develop the
archive in the future.”
My name is Rachael and this is my first blog as one of the new Archive Assistants at Heritage Quay. My duties include processing collections that have arrived at the archive to ensure they will be accessible to researchers, and one of the main tasks relating to this is cataloguing. This means data about the records is input into our database, which you can try browsing through yourself through our online catalogue here: http://heritagequay.org/archives/).
In this blog I wanted to focus on one of the joys of working with archives- getting to study the creative process. I recently catalogued composer Catherine Kiernan’s papers which primarily includes musical scores (you can view the listing here). However, the item that caught my eye was a script and score for a play named ‘The Clan’. This file contains draft versions allowing you to see how the script was adapted as the play developed. The script features handwritten notes. For example, one note proposes where a song might be played and crossing out delineates where lines have been changed. These adaptations tell the story of how the play was adapted as the creators continued to work and provides insight into their evaluation process as they edit.
There is a handwritten description of costumes, including the style and material that needs to be adorned for a Scottish clansman look. A note at the bottom explains that whoever wrote this did research about traditional Scottish dress by reading Peter Cochrane’s Scottish Military Dress. This is informative about the research process by highlighting what resources might be used as the play is being prepared. Clearly this individual found a history book valuable as inspiration for the costume design. This also tells us that historical accuracy was important for the creators and that they were trying to reproduce authenticity through the costumes.
Studying the unpublished archival items allows you to see a process, rather than just a final product. Providing a glimpse into how a work of art or literature transforms from an idea. Examining others creative processes can inspire artists own and provide greater insight into the creator, helping the researcher comprehend the artwork. Archives are one of the only places where these items, e.g. an artist’s sketchbook or a poet’s notebook, can be discovered and, thus, exploring the creative process is one of the many bonuses of working with archives.’
“Amongst the 10,000 records in our nationally significant British Dance Band Collection are a number of unissued recordings including this one by the Nottingham=based band directed by Billy Merrin. Most of the “top” bands were London-based but Merrin managed to get a national following (and good recording contracts) without having to be based in the capital. A photograph of his band (known as the Commanders) recently came to light and is included in this link to a sound-file of their 1933 recording of an amusing little ditty entitled I’ve Got To Get Up And Go To Work…….”