By Kate Glew, volunteer

Since September 2012 I have been volunteering on the Social History Audit- inspecting all artefacts, inputting their details into a database and assessing their condition. Sometimes this proves a little more complicated than usual- sometimes we don’t even know what it is that we have picked up from the shelf!

Our volunteer, Kate, helping on the project

Our volunteer, Kate, helping on the project

Volunteering on the audit has provided a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the various objects that litter our history, from bottles (endless numbers of bottles it seems at times), to typewriters, to swords. Handling these items prompts the imagination- handling a sword; I can’t help but think about who might have owned it, what they were like, and what happened to them. There is also a very real sense of societal change when surveying the various objects- especially those that are little seen in modern day-to-day life.

One of the more wonderful aspects of the audit is being able to learn about the normal, every-day people whose stories aren’t usually remembered. We may only have a school medal or a photograph to provide a hint as to who someone was, but this is enough to recognise and commemorate their presence in history.

There is still so much to go through, and I am looking forward to see what else we uncover.