Monday, 20 May 2013

Ninewells Cancer Campaign

Archive Services has recently received the archive of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, the charity that raises money to support the world-leading research taking place at Ninewells Hospital and the University Medical School. Over the last 20 years more than £17 million has been raised to improve the treatment and care of cancer patients and we are extremely pleased to be given the opportunity, through caring for the archives, to preserve evidence of the work of this important organisation. 

Over the last two weeks the collection has been worked on by Nikki, a Skills for the Future Trainee, who has been with us as part of her traineeship. Under the guidance of the archivists she has been cataloguing and rehousing the material and has the following to say about her experiences. 

'I'm Nikki and I am one of ten people taking part in a one year traineeship at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh (RCAHMS).  Our traineeship focuses primarily on cataloguing and re-housing the different collections at RCAHMS. This entails working with RCAHMS’  fascinating collections in the main store but does mean we don’t get out much! As a result, the traineeship incorporates placements into the programme and I have just come to the end of my two week placement within the University of Dundee archives.

I have been cataloguing an accession from the Ninewells Cancer Campaign.  I have worked my way through 10 boxes of files to make detailed lists and uploaded the information onto the cataloguing software CALM.  The collection includes letters of correspondence, brochures, reports, badges and newspaper articles relating to the many fundraising events hosted by the NCC for cancer research projects.  I have also helped with a public enquiry and had a behind-the-scenes insight into the work of the archivists. 

At the end of our placement we will share our experiences by producing a report and presentation on the skills we gained.  I have really enjoyed my time here.  I have met some fantastic and inspirational people and this experience has been great for developing my skills for further use in the heritage sector.'

We've very much enjoyed having Nikki with us and wish her well during the rest of her traineeship. We look forward to Nikki and the other trainees taking some of our modules on archive management and outreach and education in September. 

For more information about the Ninewells Cancer Campaign collection contact