For our last training visit of the year, the assistant archivist and the graduate trainee visited the Glasgow University Archive Service. A very insightful tour was given by the graduate trainee at the archive which allowed us to view some of the exhibitions, the searchroom and the wide-ranging collections held in the stores.
In addition to holding official material of the university, the repository holds a large variety of records – the oldest being the Blackhouse Charters which date from 1304. It is also home to the Scottish Business Archive, which consists of material from businesses in Scotland. This not only includes records such as those relating to Glasgow’s infamous Clyde ship building industry, but covers nearly all types of Scottish business. Many of these collections also relate to the rest of the United Kingdom such as the House of Fraser archive and the James Finlay & Co. collection.
During the tour we received the opportunity to view some of the university records. These included student matriculation records, Glasgow University calendars, prize list indexes and plans for the construction of the university buildings. Demonstration of how these can be used allowed us to understand how the university records can correspond in order to find out certain information. We also spoke to the duty archivist to find out more about their role within the service and view some of the catalogues of some of the fascinating collections which they had catalogued.
We would like to thank the staff at the University of Glasgow Archive Services for a very interesting visit!