Future Plan, Internships, University Archive, University History

New Internship Opportunities

There are currently two new internship opportunities on offer in the Special Collections and Archives. These are open to University of Gloucestershire students and you can apply via the Future Plan portal on the student/ MyGlos homepage.

University Archive – Remembrance Project

The Special Collections and Archives are continuing a four-year project to research and create a roll of honour for our 264 pupils and students who lost their lives during the First World War. So far we have documented those from 1914 to August 1916, and this year will tell the stories of the 57 who perished between September 1916 and August 1917.

We are looking for a student to produce mini case-studies for these 57 alumni. This will involve research in the University Archive and via the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. There will also be an opportunity to visit Gloucestershire Archives to research photographs of some of the men in the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic publications from the 1910s.

The result of this research will be a physical display for the University’s Remembrance activities on 11 November plus inclusion of the information on the forthcoming virtual roll of honour.

The successful student will be shown how to conduct research using the University Archive and relevant online archives. It is an ideal internship for anyone wanting to gain experience of conducting a historical research project.

Proposed End Date for this project is 11 November 2016 so we need a student who can start as soon as possible.

University Archive – Maps and Plans Project

The University Archive houses historic records relating to the University and related colleges dating back to the 1820s. It is a rich and informative resource covering student life over the past two centuries. The University estate has covered various locations across Cheltenham and Gloucester over the years and our current campuses have long histories. Did you know that Francis Close Hall opened in 1850 to accommodate 100 male students? Or that before we bought Park Campus in the 1930s it had been home to both a zoo and Ursuline nuns?

The Special Collections and Archives are looking for a student to conduct an audit of the maps and plans held in the University Archive. These have not been sorted before so this is a real opportunity to uncover potential gems in the archive. The successful student will carry out a detailed audit of our maps and plans, recording what they are and the physical condition of the documents, onto Excel prior to cataloguing onto the Special Collections and Archives online catalogue. Training will be given on how to appraise and handle historic documents, what archivists look for when describing material and which archival cataloguing conventions to follow. This is an excellent opportunity for hands-on archive experience and would be perfect for someone interested in a career in archives or records management but who has not had any prior experience.

Future Plan, Internships

‘Forest Dialect’ Research Project Internship opportunity

‘Forest Dialect’ is a Heritage Lottery funded research project which aims to uncover and describe the linguistic heritage of the Forest of Dean. The project is run by Dr Michelle Straw, Department of Humanities in collaboration with the Foresters’ Forest.

What are the main tasks the intern will be involved with?

  • To undertake preliminary research identify relevant documents related to the Forest of Dean – dialect, history of its speakers and its geography.
  • You will develop a number of skills to help with this work, bibliographic and referencing skills to produce a bibliography of archive materials, online sources written and spoken examples of the Forest of Dean dialect and its speakers.
  • Working with digitized oral histories of dialect speakers, you will edit and enhance sound quality, uncover speakers’ backgrounds and identify examples of Forest Dialect.
  • You will prepare blog posts or Facebook/Twitter entries showcasing some of the interesting things you have found.

What skills, training and ‘added value’ can the student gain from this opportunity?

  • Academic bibliographic and referencing skills
  • Archive experience
  • Information management and organization skills
  • Digitisation and sound editing skills
  • Communication skills – using written language for academic audiences, for general interest and developing engaging materials for social media audiences
  • Attention to detail, this work will help you develop excellent analytical skills

What qualities or skills are needed to take on this internship?

You may have some connection with the Forest of Dean. You may have lived, worked or visited or may just have an interest in the area. You will also have an interest in language, dialect or oral history work. Other qualities sought:
Able to work independently

Find out more about the project by visiting the Foresters’ Forest website page: Linguistic Landscape in Time and Space

University of Gloucestershire students can apply for this internship via the Future Plan portal on the Student homepage