About meI am a Skills for the Future Trainee, based at Lothian Health Services Archive as a part of the Opening Up Scotland's Archives Project. My traineeship is 12 months long, and began in September 2016. My specialisms are in Collection Development and Outreach.
I have always had a keen interest in history and heritage, achieving First Class Joint Honours studying History of Art and English Literature at the University of Kent, and completing an MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Curating and Criticism and at the University of Edinburgh. My academic studies are relevant to the field of archiving in that they have fuelled my passion for visual and written culture, history, and story-telling, also broadening my understanding of the politics of display. However, it wasn’t until I pursued an internship at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) that I began to truly appreciate the impact that archives have on not only our understanding of the past and present, but on our ability to imagine possible futures.
During the internship at GWL, I quickly learnt that in collecting materials of women’s history, and running events and exhibitions that centred around these materials, I was not only actively redressing the neglect of women’s historical contributions to Scottish society, but I was also enabling women in the present, especially the most vulnerable and excluded women in society, to access the information that they need to develop their skills, knowledge, and self-confidence.
Impassioned by what I had learnt at GWL, I applied for this traineeship at LHSA, where I hope to put my current knowledge to use, and develop new and exciting skills that are relevant to the archive sector. The LHSA collection that I’ve most enjoyed exploring so far is the Women's Health collection, which covers the feminist campaigns that women organised in order to encourage their local heath councils to take a wide-ranging look at factors affecting the mental and physical health of women in Scotland.
Outside of work, I founded and now edit, an online feminist magazine that exclusively publishes artwork and writing produced by Arab women. Have a read at: www.dardishi.com.
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