Every year Orkney Library has visitors to the archive who ask about relatives or ancestors who they know have been stationed in Orkney during a war. The library has not always been able to help them with any information. However they are now putting together a database of wartime service personnel from the library archives. This will be an important historical archive and resource which will help relatives to make a connection to their families wartime service. The library is looking for a volunteer who can help with this fascinating and important role.
The role will involve Searching the archive computer database for archive items, making database entries of all service personnel mentioned in the item and including the archive references. Ideally the volunteer will have an interest in history, can read copperplate writing (or have a go at least), and won't mind some repetitive work. Training will include an induction to the library archive and trainiing in the use of Microsoft Access if needed.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Lucy Gibbon at Orkney Library and Archive on 873 166 extension 3023/4 or Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897.
Orkney Library & Archive provides a wide range of services, many of them free of charge. We welcome everybody, whether a resident of Orkney or visitor and provide free internet access on our computers or free WiFi connection if you would rather use your own device. Orkney Archive is housed within the main building in Kirkwall and is the place to go if you want to learn about the history and culture of Orkney.
Experience required: An interest in history some it skills.
Minimum age: 16