Collections and digital

V&A (2023)

Digital preservation phase one audit of digital collections and corporate information. With Sarah Wickham.

Archives and Records Council Wales (2023)

Digital preservation needs survey for museums and libraries in Wales.

George House Trust (2023)

Archives scoping assessment and funding bid.

Welsh Government  (2023)

Collections review for nationally sponsored cultural organisations and independent and local museums. Focusing on digital storage and digital preservation. With Headland Design.

Welsh Government (2022-2023)

Consultation and research into a potential scheme of recognition for culturally significant collections in Wales. With Headland Design.

Chief Archivist in Local Government Group (2022-2023)

The records of adpted and care experienced people – developing guidance for recordkeepers and care professionals. Included a survey of adoptions and care records. With Sarah Wickham.

Age UK (2022)

Survey and scoping assessment for their archive collections and recordkeeping.

United Hebrew Congregation, Leeds (2022)

Survey and scoping assessment for their archive.

Cumbria Local History Federation (2022)

Development and delivery of a two-day course for local history groups on managing collections. Included follow-up visits to the groups and general support.

University College London (2022)

An options assessment for digital preservation and digital access solutions for their oral history collections, archives, and associated digital materials.

Frederic Robinson Limited (2022-2023)

Survey and assessment of their brewery archive and support recruiting a Company Archivist.

Wales Temple of Peace Archives (2022)

Review of their current storage and risks to collections. Recommendations on collections management and storage.

Hull Truck Theatre Archive (2022)

Survey and assessment of their paper and digital collections. Recommendations on cataloguing and funding.

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust (2022-2023)

The creation of a cataloguing standard and strategy for the archives and local history collections. Ongoing support in the delivery of the strategy.

Collections Trust (2022)

Editing of digital preservation guidance for museum curators.

Spode Museum Trust (2021)

A collections assessment and significance review of their archive and museum collections, including the creation of a Conservation Plan and action plan. With Headland Design.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies (2021)

Creation of a Conservation Plan to support their Round 2 bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for new history centres in Chester and Crewe.

North Wales Archives Partnership Digitisation Strategy (2021)

Created a strategy and 5 year action plan for targeted digitisation of collections, including audience research, digitisation standards. Commissioned by a partnership of 6 local authority and Higher Education archive services. With Sarah Wickham.

Welsh Vital Digital Information Project (2020-2021)

Research into the barriers or issues, strategic, organisational and technological, involved with providing long term access to local authority records in Wales. With Sarah Wickham, Jan Whalen and others.

Yorkshire Air Museum (2021)

Assessment of their archive and museum collection, including the creation of a digitisation strategy and action plan. With Ruth Darling.

Friends of Cumbria Archives (2021)

Survey of the archives of the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald.

Merthyr Tydfil Archives Study (2020-2021)

A study of all relevant archives, in both Welsh and English, to assess what contribution information and materials held in them could make to a proposed new visitor attraction. With Jane Speller and others.

Young Mayor of Lewisham Archive (2020)

Assessment of the archive (paper and born-digital) of the Young Mayor of Lewisham.

The National Archives (2020)

The creation of digital preservation workflow guidance for the archives sector. With Jan Whalen.

EMI Archive Trust (2020)

Assessment of this archive including business records and record discs.

Victoria Theatre Archive (2020)

Assessment of their paper archives, audio and film archives.

Salford City Archives  (2020)

Assessment of the archives and local history collections for Salford.

Stockport Council (2019)

Collections review of their archive and local history collections held by Stockport Heritage Library.

University of Plymouth (2019)

A survey to ascertain the current scope of archive material held by the University and a review of records management processes. The report include recommendations for the systematic and robust management of suitable records, incorporating appropriate records retention processes.

Coventry Cathedral (2019)

Collections assessment of archive collections. This included a series of recommendations about collections management and external funding opportunities. This project was funded by a Archives Revealed Scoping Grant.

“We engaged Kevin to undertake a review of our archives to identify significance an also next steps as we sought to improve how we could look after this resource in future.  Kevin was great to work with.  He understood our situation and was really keen to advise and share his knowledge.  The report produced gave us a prioritised action plan which we are using to make some immediate improvements and will also be using to support fundraising for the elements we need to fund.  We have already made progress on some of the recommendations and have more confidence in creating a future plan for our archives.” Isabel Merrifield, Business Manager, Coventry Cathedral

Greater Manchester Archives and Local Studies Partnership (2018-2019)

Creation of digital preservation policies / procedures, training and a business case.

Musical Museum  (2018-2019)

Collections assessment of their library and archive collections. This included a series of recommendations about collections management and external funding opportunities. This project was funded by a Archives Revealed Scoping Grant.

“Kevin carried out an audit of our unique collection of piano rolls and music for our automatic musical instruments in early 2019. He was a huge help for our organisation, quickly understanding the nature of the collection and where we needed guidance and expertise. We are already using his work to inform our approach. We would thoroughly recommend him to any small museum that needs to critically evaluate their own collections, especially one as esoteric as ourselves.” Ben Filmer-Sankey, The Musical Museum

Port Sunlight Village Trust (2018)

Statement of significance and collections management assessment of their museum collections (with Headland Design).

Bodleian Libraries (2018)

Options assessment for archives and manuscripts circulation.

University of Aberystwyth (2018)

Statement of significance and collections management assessment of the university’s archive, library and museum collections.

Association of Jewish Refugees (2018)

Survey of their digital Jewish Voices oral history collection and recommendations about their long-term preservation.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies (2018)

Statement of significance for their collections to support their successful Round 1 Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

“Kevin researched and produced a Collections Significance Statement for our Round 1 HLF bid. His work and approach throughout its development demonstrated a clear         understanding of what we needed, was of a very high standard and was produced on time. Kevin is a great advocate for the impact that archives have on people and I’d have no hesitation in recommending him. He is also a great person to work with, listening and asking good questions, as well as being good company!” Paul Newman, Archives and Heritage Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Manchester Histories (2018)

Identification of key heritage collections relating to the Peterloo Massacre 1819 – to support their Peterloo 2019 project.

Manchester Histories (2018)

Archives research, public workshops and working with artists to produce a cultural event to mark centenary of The Battle of Manchester Hill.

‘Kevin was a joy to work with, he was insightful, knowledgeable, and worked extremely well with our groups and artists. Kevin researched and curated a very detailed archive that told the story of the Battle of Manchester Hill, a forgotten First World War Story. The archive was then used to produce a beautiful and poignant multi media performance at Manchester Cathedral. Without such as detailed archives the depth of the story could not have been told, this was all down to Kevin’s masterful work.’ Karen Shannon, Chief Executive, Manchester Histories

British Commercial Vehicle Museum  (2017-2018)

Assessment and survey of a large film archive collection.

Morecambe Bay Partnership (2017-2018)

Recording the Bay – creation of a digital archive for their Headlands to Headspace project – including archaeological records and oral histories (with Jane Speller)

Leeds Central Library (2017-2018)

Advice to the library on collections management and creation of a collections management framework.

“Kevin is a very knowledgeable and experienced practitioner in the field of archives and special collections, with high level project management skills. He has provided us with invaluable support in assessing our collections, developing a comprehensive collections management policy and a detailed and costed forward action plan. Kevin is very easy to work with, and readily shares information and best practice. His guidance in sound and practical. In addition, he has provided excellent mentoring support to staff members, helping them to grow their knowledge, skill set and confidence.  His input has made a significant impact on the development of this vitally important aspect of our service.“ Andrea Ellison, Chief Librarian, Leeds Libraries

Oldham Local Studies and Archives (2018)

Surveying the archives of a local publisher and recommendations about their long-term preservation and management (with RedQuadrant).

Staffordshire History Centre (2017)

Conservation Plan and statement of significance for Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid (with Architectural History Practice).

The Atkinson (2017-2018)

Research on Moss Side Military Hospital and training of volunteers in archives research.

The National Archives (2017)

Creation of guidance for the archives sector on using volunteers to catalogue archives. With RedQuadrant.

Private entertainment company (2017)

Assessment of a large audio-visual archive and creation of report with recommendations on cataloguing and storage. Included help recruiting an Archivist.

“No matter what the challenge, Kevin has an amazing instinct for finding the right solution for our collection.  For just over a year, he has provided us with invaluable advice for best practice procedures for our archive and recruitment needs. Kevin would be an asset to any team. I can’t recommend him highly enough.” Chief Executive