Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre: a Tribute

on Friday, 01 March 2019.

This week we were extremely sad to say farewell to our Principal Archivist, Claire Skinner, who is leaving Wiltshire for new adventures. A wealth of experience and knowledge as well as an extremely kind and caring person, she will be greatly missed by staff, volunteers and researchers!  

 

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre: a Tribute
To the tune of: Raindrops on Roses
(Apologies to Oscar Hammerstein II and to all lovers of real poetry)

Archives boxed neatly in a clean and dry strongroom
Wrapped up in acid-free folders or tissue
No rusty paperclips or dusty old string!
These are a few of my favourite things…

Working on projects from Lacock to manors
Helping the council from legal to planners
Gathering archives from Aldbourne to Zeals
These are a few of my favourite things…

Dressing in costume for Open Day outreach
Reading old handwriting; helping to teach it
Sharing the history eight hundred years bring
These are a few of my favourite things…

When the stacks break
When my room’s cold
When my laptop’s flat
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad!

Researching the history of wonderful women
Arts in the Archives with Storybox and Now in Then
Watching a stone axe being shaped by Phil Harding
These are a few of my favourite things…

Hearing Kate Adie and Michael Wood talking
To hundreds of people filling our searchroom
Working with volunteers who transcribe and list
These are a few of my favourite things…

Last but not least are my colleagues so friendly
Laughter and kindness with cake-eating a plenty!
Memories that will last like our mummified cat
These are a few of my favourite things…

When the stacks break
When my room’s cold
When my laptop’s flat
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so sad!

Thank you to everyone who has made the last thirteen years so special
– to the depositors who share their archive treasures and make them available to the public to enjoy;
- to colleagues in Wiltshire and Swindon Councils who share their knowledge and expertise so generously;
- to the researchers who have shown us so much support and appreciation over the years;
- to the volunteers who give of their time, skills and enthusiasm and really are the bedrock of all we do;
- to the Family History Society, the Local History Forum, the VCH and many other groups and organisations who have supported our work in financial and other ways
- and last but not least, to my colleagues at the History Centre who have carried me through the last thirteen years with their warmth, kindness, laughter, and oodles of cake.
Thank you. You will be very much missed.

Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist

Comments (2)

  • John Pope

    John Pope

    02 March 2019 at 11:18 |
    Thank you for your past help, all the best for the future.

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  • Angela Street

    Angela Street

    18 March 2019 at 00:30 |
    Good luck with your future adventures, Claire, and thank you for your amazing help with Now in Then writing project - still the best project I’ve ever been involved with thanks to you, your enthusiasm and providing great research material. I’m only sorry you won’t be there for my next project. BTW I love the song!

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