As mentioned in an earlier post, our project Archivist, Anna Mayer, unfortunately had to leave the project. We re-advertised the position and had 72 applicants for the job, five of whom we interviewed on Monday. We are very pleased to announce that we offered the position to Caroline Catchpole, who is at present coming to the end of a contract as Project Record Officer in the Archives and Information Management team at King's College, London.
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The Harvard interns (mentioned in previous posts) finished the work they were doing for the WCP last Friday. I have now had a chance to look at what they did and to draw some interesting conclusions for the WCP from it.
First some facts and figures: The students worked for the WCP 6 hour day for 10 days. Five of them transcribed letters and they managed to transcribe a total of 202 of these, which had a combined total of 766 pages. These letters took 300 person-hours to transcribe, so were transcribed at a rate of 0.67 letters per hour, or 2.55 pages per hour.
A nice post about the work which the seven Harvard interns have been doing for the WCP has just appeared on the NHM Archives & Library Blog:- see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/library/blog/2011/07/13/behind-the-scenes-harvard-helps-to-uncover-wallace
We were extremely delighted to hear earlier this week that Sir David Attenborough has enthusiastically agreed to become the Patron of our project. Sir David, who needs no introduction, is a great admirer of ARW, as he recently revealed in a BBC Radio 4 programme about Wallace in the series "David Attenborough's Life Stories". Sadly this programme is no longer available to listen to, but here is a quote from the programme's website:
Seven undergraduates from Harvard University, USA (Eric Chen, Alyssa Botelho, Alexandra Bradbury, Mary Griffin, Antone Martinho, Will Murphy and Michael Truong) began working for the project today. They will be based in the Reading Room of the NHM's General Library for two weeks transcribing some of the Museum's Wallace correspondence plus his two address books.
On Monday 4th July seven students from Harvard University will be working for the project for two weeks transcribing some of the NHM's Wallace correspondence plus ARW's two address books. They have been kindly sent our way by my colleague Dr Andrew Berry (more about them and their work in a future post). In order for them to do their work I needed to complete work on a new version of the project's transcription policy - which I have just done..
Job Title: Wallace Correspondence Project Archivist
Salary: From Â£ 27,339 per annum plus benefits
Contract: 16 month fixed term appointment (with possibility of extension of a further twelve months)
Closing date: Wednesday 13th July 2011
Interview date: Thursday 25st July 2011
Good and bad news for the project! First the really good news, which is that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved funding for year 2 of the project (the project is funded on a yearly basis). Also good news, is that we have now completed the rather complex task of scanning all of the 1200 letters to and from Wallace which the NHM has in its collection. We would like to say a big thank-you to Steve Cafferty (NHM),
Since my first post in mid November 2010 we have done a huge amount of work on the project and have been too busy to write anything for this blog! Here is a brief summary of the most important things we have achieved in the last 3.5 months:-