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Hugh Petrie – London Borough of Barnet

25/09/2020

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Hugh Petrie has been Heritage Development Officer at the London Borough of Barnet since 1999.

Hugh talks about the formation of Barnet as an administrative area in 1963, and the historical nature of the areas and archives it took on. He then goes on to describe the four sections that the physical archive covers: a reference section (mostly now online); the council minutes and reports; artifacts specific to the area from the former Church Farmhouse Museum; and the library's local history collection started back in 1927.

Hugh also takes us through his four areas of work: preparing materials for heritage use; dealing with inquiries; managing the collection; and digitization. Working in archives from the early days of digitization, Hugh is an enthusiastic advocate for the benefits of digital content and discusses changes that have occurred over that time. He explains how digitization has helped the archive to reach a wider audience, facilitating production and dissemination of YouTube videos and learning materials.

With a keen eye on a sustainable legacy, Hugh shares how digitization helps to preserve the material and how it allows archivists to become research facilitators and guides rather than just "porters" ferrying the physical boxes back and forth.

Links

Website: www.barnet.gov.uk/libraries/local-studies-and-archives

Youtube: Until the 1960s you could travel by train from Finsbury Park to Edgware via Highgate and Finchley. This video recreates that journey using historical pictures from the Alan Lawrence Collection (Barnet Local Studies)

Youtube: A guided tour of High Barnet in the 1860s by balloon, using the 1860s 1:2500 ordnancy survey, and old pictures, and newspaper cuttings from the Local Studies Collection of the London Borough of Barnet Library Service.

Youtube: Barnet VE Day

Youtube: Finchley Common a History.

The Local Studies Centre has over 10,000 photographs and postcards dating from circa 1900, as well as a small collection of paintings and illustrations from the 19th century. Hundreds can now be viewed at: boroughphotos.org/barnet

Hugh Petrie – London Borough of Barnet

Hugh Petrie has been Heritage Development Officer at the London Borough of Barnet since 1999.

Hugh talks about the formation of Barnet as an administrative area in 1963, and the historical nature of the areas and archives it took on. He then goes on to describe the four sections that the physical archive covers: a reference section (mostly now online); the council minutes and reports; artifacts specific to the area from the former Church Farmhouse Museum; and the library's local history collection started back in 1927.

Hugh also takes us through his four areas of work: preparing materials for heritage use; dealing with inquiries; managing the collection; and digitization. Working in archives from the early days of digitization, Hugh is an enthusiastic advocate for the benefits of digital content and discusses changes that have occurred over that time. He explains how digitization has helped the archive to reach a wider audience, facilitating production and dissemination of YouTube videos and learning materials.

With a keen eye on a sustainable legacy, Hugh shares how digitization helps to preserve the material and how it allows archivists to become research facilitators and guides rather than just "porters" ferrying the physical boxes back and forth.

Links

Website: www.barnet.gov.uk/libraries/local-studies-and-archives

Youtube: Until the 1960s you could travel by train from Finsbury Park to Edgware via Highgate and Finchley. This video recreates that journey using historical pictures from the Alan Lawrence Collection (Barnet Local Studies)

Youtube: A guided tour of High Barnet in the 1860s by balloon, using the 1860s 1:2500 ordnancy survey, and old pictures, and newspaper cuttings from the Local Studies Collection of the London Borough of Barnet Library Service.

Youtube: Barnet VE Day

Youtube: Finchley Common a History.

The Local Studies Centre has over 10,000 photographs and postcards dating from circa 1900, as well as a small collection of paintings and illustrations from the 19th century. Hundreds can now be viewed at: boroughphotos.org/barnet

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