Heritage Quay shortlisted for Outstanding Library Team at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016

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The team was shortlisted for our work in opening Heritage Quay.

Our colleagues in Registry have been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Departmental Administration Team’ category for their work in revitalising PGR (postgraduate research) administrative and regulatory processes.

The award ceremony is on Thursday 23rd June.  We’ll keep you posted!

Heritage Quay wins 2016 Guardian University Award

Heritage Quay wins 2016 Guardian University Award

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The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Thornton, and Archivist and Records Manager Sarah Wickham collect the University’s award from the evening’s celebrity compere, Paul Sinha

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The University’s archive centre collected first prize in the Buildings that Inspire category

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THE University of Huddersfield is a winner in the 2016 Guardian University Awards for its innovative new archive centre.

Heritage Quay took the honours in the Buildings that Inspire category.  The award comes just weeks after the centre received its Archive Service Accreditation.

The University’s official archive is an inter-disciplinary space where people from both within and outside the University community can engage with historic collections.  These cover a variety of areas including music, the arts and sport, and date from the sixteenth century to the present.

Through its widening participation programme, Heritage Quay has been extremely successful in engaging the community across Yorkshire and the rest of the country.  Visitors have ranged from the under 5s, to the over 90s, to public events such as the Roots of Rugby League adult learning course, the Listening Room music club, Conducting for Beginners and theatre from one of the UK’s most prolific touring theatre companies, Mikron.  This work was commended in the Royal Historical Society’s inaugural Public History Prize.

Heritage Quay was applauded by Guardian University Awards for the way the building is used by students and staff as a social space as well as for the opportunities it provides for teaching and research.  Also noted were the regular student work placements and the unusual variety of events hosted by academics.

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‌This award has also come immediately after the archive service received its Archive Service Accreditation.

The recognition is the UK standard for archive services and defines good practice and identifies agreed standards within the archive sector.  This UK-wide quality standard offers a benchmark for gauging performance and recognising achievements and is awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee.

To achieve the accreditation, Heritage Quay had to show the panel that it provided a high-level of service to its users, preserve their collections in line with national standards and are a robust, sustainable service which plans to deliver ongoing improvement.

The Accreditation Panel cited ‘the recent years of hugely impressive development to this archive service, and the overall uplifting and positive impression of the service in this application’.  It also noted that ‘outputs of recent years included a very sound policy basis for the service to develop in future, in addition to the significant achievements supported by a major grant award’.

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Becoming accredited has been a considerable achievement by all of the staff working in Heritage Quay said the University’s Archivist and Records Manager Sarah Wickham.  “Archive Service Accreditation recognises the high-quality work we do,” she said.  “We are a relatively new team so to achieve this endorsement in such a short space of time is absolutely fantastic.”

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Heritage Quay was opened in 2014 by Gary Verity, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, after the University was awarded almost £1.6 million from the HLF to develop a new archives centre.  It is now regarded one of the most technologically-advanced archives in the UK and, featuring a high-tec Exploration Space, enabling visitors to sample archival material via touch screens and gesture technology.

The accreditation is much sought and brings Heritage Quay alongside other accredited archives including The National Archives, the National Library of Wales and the London Metropolitan Archives.

Story originally published at http://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2016/march/heritagequaywins2016guardianuniversityaward.php

Heritage Quay honoured by Royal Historical Society

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Story published Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:20:00 GMT

Heritage Quay was commended for its “promotion of public history” in the new Public History Prize Awards

THE prestigious Royal Historical Society (RHS) has honoured the University’s Heritage Quay for its promotion of public history in their new Public History Prize Awards.

The biennial awards, in association with the Institute of Historical Research Public History Seminar, have been set up to recognise work that enhances public understanding of the place of the past in today’s social, political and cultural life.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the University of Huddersfield, Heritage Quay is a £2 million state-of-the-art facility and is one of the most technologically-advanced archive centres in the UK.  The commendation, in the Museums and Exhibitions category, comes after Heritage Quay was opened a mere 14-months-ago by Regional Chairman of the HLF Sir Gary Verity.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are delighted to hear that this wonderful project has received this richly-deserved award.  The archive’s range is breathtaking covering not only social, cultural, political and industrial history but also music, the arts and sport, so we welcome this recognition of the sterling work of the project and the University.”

The archive, which holds material of international importance, including the British Music Collection, in partnership with Sound and Music, and the official Rugby League Archive, in partnership with Rugby League Cares, also works in collaboration with other local history organisations.

As well as showing off its own collections, the archive also acts as a gateway to the development of skills and co-design of its public history programme, which is chiefly organised by Participation and Engagement Officer David Smith.

The Chief Executive of Sound and Music, Susanna Eastburn, who supported Heritage Quay’s submission, spoke highly of the archive “they had opened a fascinating, eclectic and unparalleled collection of material to a much wider public than has ever been the case’.

Brigid Bradley, Rugby League Cares Heritage Programme Manager, acclaimed Heritage Quay’s work to be nothing short of amazing in looking after and making their collection accessible to the public.

“Their outreach programme is fantastic,” said Brigid.  “It allows many people who are interested in the history of Rugby League to learn new skills and discover archival gems, all on the basis of our collection.

Heritage Quay“The work they do is to an exceptional standard and we feel very fortunate to be partners with them,” she added.

Sarah Wickham, Heritage Quay’s Archivist and Records Manager, was delighted to receive recognition from the RHS, which has long been regarded as the principal organisation representing British historical scholarship both at home and abroad.

Peter Mandler, RHS President, said about the Public History Prizes: “We live in something like a golden age of public history – a time when academics and other specialists work closely with journalists and the media and vice-versa to satisfy public interest in and raise public understanding of historical questions.

“The Royal Historical Society wants to recognise creativity and excellence in this booming field:  to show that the public doesn’t need to choose between edification and entertainment, between expertise and accessibility, between style and substance.  We hope these prizes will draw further attention to the most impressive combinations of high-quality research and high-quality presentation.”

Autumn term at Heritage Quay

With the new school term well under way, here at Heritage Quay we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of new faces onto our schools programme for years 4 to 8, with workshops such as Find It! Draw It! Play It! and Build It! All our workshops are linked to the History, Geography, Technology, English and Drama curriculae for key stages 2 and 3, are great fun and completely free!

The Archives at Heritage Quay will be celebrating The Big Draw during October with the launch of an arts based workshop, Draw It! which draws inspiration from two local historical figures, Victor Grayson, M.P. for Colne Valley in the early 20th century, and Susannah Sunderland, “Yorkshire Queen of Song”, the founder of the choral competition which will be familiar to many Huddersfield schools.

In November, Heritage Quay will be handing over control to students from Netherhall High School’s history club as they take over the archives on Friday 20 November, as part of the national Kids in Museums campaign. They’ll be undertaking some research of their own as well as taking on the roles and tasks of Archivists.

We’ve already got some role play experience under our belt through our theatre workshop Play It! which took place back in June. This drama workshop takes the Rugby League collection at Heritage Quay as its starting point. Supporting History and English curriculum objectives, Y6 children from Lindley Junior School re-told the story of the birth of Rugby League and its impact on local communities. They were led through a range of dramatic techniques by professional actors from Chol Theatre along with Huddersfield University drama students. The pupils and their teachers learned a lot about acting and rugby – they thoroughly enjoyed dressing up, handling artefacts from the collection – and wearing false moustaches! Here they are posing at the end of their performance with the 1892 Yorkshire Senior Competition Shield.

Our schools workshops support National Curriculum objectives, last around 3 hours, can include a campus tour, and best of all, are completely FREE!

So if you would like your class to discover their inner thespian, architect, researcher or artist, drop an email to T.Wells@hud.ac.uk or give her a ring on 01484 473 168.

We look forward to seeing you this term at Heritage Quay!

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The Big Draw

We’re celebrating the national Big Draw campaign this month at Heritage Quay with a brand new schools workshop!  This year’s campaign theme is Every Drawing Tells A Story and we’ll be investigating the life stories of two well known local figures – Victor Grayson (the Disappearing M.P.) and Susannah Sunderland (Yorkshire Queen of Song).  You don’t have to be able to draw to join in the artistic fun and there’ll be a chance to practice your research skills too!  The workshop is free, lasts around 3 hours, and can include a campus tour.  To find out more or book your place,  please drop an email to T.Wells@hud.ac.uk or ring 01484 473168.