Archives work experience

I’m Lily Douglas, in my second year of studying English Literature and Sociology at Keele. One of my English modules gave me the opportunity to do work experience and I chose to work in the Special Collections and Archives at Keele.

I’ve been allowed to fully explore the different areas of the role of an archivist from cataloguing to the preservation of documents. What I’ve found the most fun is researching and writing a piece on student protest - Student protest at Keele 1968 - 1971. It’s really interesting to learn about the actions the students took 50 years ago to secure the representation of the student voice we have today.

Keele Clock House stables

Working in the Archives has been a great opportunity to learn more about local history and the development of the University. The researching process has given me the opportunity to use the skills I’ve developed during my degree and apply them to a real-life working environment. The experience is one I’ll never forget and I’d recommend it to anyone.