archival research

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Naomi Hall, Sydney


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How did you become an archive researcher?

I had been working in London in the advertising industry during the 1980s, and somehow progressed on the research area. Then I was given a job offer from a stock footage company in Sydney, which caused me to move into the film and television sector, eventually breaking away to do freelance content research.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Sebastian Claesson, Malmö


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You’ve told us that you’re one of a very few number of full-time archive researchers for documentary film productions in Sweden. How did you first become interested in the field of archive research?

I think it started already in young years, spending hours and days going through my father’s collection of books and pictures. The solitude and knowing that you might find something exciting, that someone hadn’t looked at for a long time.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: David McLoughlin, Nottingham


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How did you become a picture researcher?

In 1976, when I was 16, I began work at The Royal Armoured Corps Manning & Records Office when it was situated in my home town of Whetstone in North London. I bumped into a tall, military gentleman in the canteen at lunchtime. Literally, walked smack into him. I was reading whilst walking, a pastime which can be fraught with peril. The gentleman was a soon-to-retire Colonel in the 17th/21st Lancers, a cavalry regiment of great fame in history. We got talking, as the book I had been reading was ‘British Regular Cavalry’ by Leonard Cooper.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Montserrat Bailac, Barcelona


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How did you become an archive researcher?

Before I started working for the Archives of the Catalan TV in Barcelona, I worked in libraries. In fact, I didn’t even know this job existed. By working in TV I started learning about cataloging images, researching in databases and other subjects related to videotapes. After some years I started collaborating with different program teams who were trying to locate footage they needed for their productions. This has been my job ever since.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Richard Wiseman, London


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How did you become an archive researcher?

Up until around ten years ago, I was a print journalist – which I guess may give you a good insight into research, fact-checking and putting a story together?

A friend of mine, and a fellow ‘keyboard warrior’, who also happened to own a TV production company, asked me if I’d like to produce some of his programmes, to which I could only reply “But I don’t know how any of this works. And what’s an Avid machine?” To which he replied, unforgettably, “Well, it’s all rather similar to what you’re used to working with, really. It’s all words and pictures, again – you’ll pick it up as you go along”.  (más…)