A note from KCC – their roles and FWW plans

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Gill Bromley, Service Improvement Manager (Community Cohesion and Heritage) manages the KCC History Services teams based at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. Her wider job role is to lead and co-ordinate the development of service provision to support community cohesion across Libraries and Archives, with a particular focus on services to customers excluded by such barriers as language, disability and social isolation; and on utilising heritage collections to support community cohesion and social inclusion. The heritage collection include archives housed at the Kent History and Library Centre, local history collection is libraries and museum collections at Sevenoaks and Folkestone libraries

Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian (Local History) works across the county developing and maintaining a high quality, customer-focused library and archive service with particular focus on local history services.

Gill and Rob represent Libraries, Registration and Archives at KMMP/Frontline Kent FWW meetings.

The wider Community Cohesion and Heritage team includes some other key posts which will be involved in FWW commemorative work:

History Services Development Manager; Anne Atkinson‘s role is to lead the History Services Development Team in developing and delivering widely accessible services which fully exploit the power of the historic collections in our care to impact positively on people’s lives. Anne is currently developing an on-line Kent Community History Network which will go live autumn 2013. This will link heritage organisations and interest groups from museums to stately homes to local history societies and enable them to share resources including expertise, promote their work, and to identify opportunities to work together.

Historic Collections Manager; Sarah Stanley‘s role is to lead and manage on all aspects of the care of the county council’s archive, local history and museum collections including preservation, conservation and reprographics (microfilm and digitisation) programmes. Her team actively supports and advises history groups and organisations in the county to care for and provide access to their historic collections.

Conservator (post vacant) responsible for the immediate and long-term care of the collections; provide advice on environment, storage and handling, and undertake treatment of material across Library and Archives historic collections. Our studio at Kent History and Library Centre will be shared with heritage organisations to enable them yto develop skills and undertake conservation work.

Community History Officer; Mark Bateson, works in the community and with community partners to support heritage projects. Working with colleagues to promote KCC’s archive and local history collections to local groups, making more material and information from the collections available locally to improve community cohesion, literacy and learning

We are a small team with countywide responsibilities but can advise on archives and local history. The First World War is a top priority in relation to our work in 2013-14 and beyond. We will use the theme as a focus to develop and promote our rich collections to reach new audiences. We will also work with and support heritage organisations and community groups.

If you would like to find out more, contact historyandlibrarycentre@kent.gov.uk.

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