archival research

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Alba Toajas, Madrid


No Comments

You are quite new in the archival research world. What made you want to become an archive researcher in the first place?

I have always been into art, cinema and theatre. In 2006 I realized I wanted to become a librarian, and in 2010 I decided to specialise in audiovisual research. Research, documentation and cinema: the perfect combination, I love my job!  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Jim Anderson, Manchester


No Comments

You have an incredible amount of experience in archival research and production. How did you end up in this field in the first place?

Well, the reason I started in this field was because I was working on the BBC Fantasy Football League a Friday night topical programme where I had to find footage material every week. I started with a blank page on Monday and by Friday we had a show! I had to find funny clips like old TV programs, commercials etc. Famous guests would come on the show to discuss football topics. I did this for 3 years and helped produce over 50 programs! I also worked on a Feature Film starring Colin Firth and Mark Strong called Fever Pitch also about football. Since 1990’s-2007, I had mostly been working as an assistant producer and producer director. After 2007 the work coming my way always involved finding and clearing archive. Although I am very busy it’s a good line of work dealing with wide variety of topics from the cold war to sports. I would like to return to producing and directing too -probably an archive based production.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Shimaa Elsawaby, Cairo


No Comments

You are the only ‘Archival Producer’ in Egypt. How did you come to work in that role?

When I was studying in the field of Communications, I looked for training in Non-governmental Media. A company called, “Video Cairo sat,” accepted me. It is the best and oldest private media in Egypt. VCS has a big archive library, and the owner of it, Mr. Mohamed Gohar knows the value of archives and taught me that very well. I was the Archive Librarian there. In 2005, I started a new job with the first private Arab news agency, “ANA” in Egypt. I setup the ANA archive library. Then in 2007, I began work as an archive researcher and set up many archive libraries for companies. I worked for the Al Jazeera offices in Egypt to establish their archive library from 2008 until 2013.  (more…)