Since handing in my Final Major Project I have been keeping myself busy before I officially leave Farnham and UCA. One of the projects I am working on is UCA Archive Explored. Set up by myself and two fellow students this network hopes to showcase the archive & special collections at UCA and generate student engagement with archive material.
Currently the project runs across three platforms - Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter. Flickr is the online archive of our resources and we collate materials into different sets depending on the materials subject, location or related interests. Tumblr allows us to create more detailed posts about a particular subject, theme, material or person. We can include audio/visual resources and share material that is freely available online and would be useful for students and/or people accessing our archive. Twitter allows us to engage with students, lecturers and other archives in a concise way pointing out where to view our material. As a ‘micro-blogging’ platform we use this less formally and try to encourage as much debate/traffic as possible.
Although this project is new it has been going well and with more time to dedicate to the network I am hoping that this will really take off and get more students involved with the great work that the University archivists are doing.
This summer will be all about the personal projects!
I need to fall in love with photography again after the last few weeks. I also need to start on a portfolio of sorts. and begin to market myself -website, business cards that kinda thing. and make contacts. and the list goes on but I’ll stop.