Friday, 3 October 2014

Abseiling Archivists...

Project Cataloguing Archivists Liz Course and Karyn Williamson have bravely (or foolishly!) signed up to abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge on Sunday 19th October to raise money for Waverly Care, a Scotland wide charity which provides care and support to people living with HIV and Hepatitis C. They will be abseiling down 165ft from a platform at the first pillar of the bridge onto the beach below at South Queensferry with several hundred other fundraisers collecting for various charities. They are smiling in this photograph, but there will be further photographic evidence to show they have completed the challenge and we will see if they are still smiling then!
Liz and Karyn - all smiles for now!

It looks pretty high to me... image from Edinburgh University Archives Collections EUA CA1/2

LHSA has established links with Waverly Care over the past few months as part of the Wellcome Trust funded HIV/AIDS cataloguing and conservation project. Material relating to and produced by Waverley Care can be found in some of the collections that Karyn and Emily have been cataloguing and conserving.  Following discussions with the charity and after an afternoon spent with them appraising material, they have decided to deposit some of their records with LHSA.

Waverley Care was established in 1989 and works to provide care, advice and assistance to individuals and their families affected by HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland. They provide a range of services and also focus on educating people to promote understanding and prevention. To find out more visit their website:

Good luck to Karyn and Liz in their fundraising efforts and in not developing a fear of heights between now and the 19th!

We also say goodbye to Intern Stephen Bournadet today after 10 weeks with us and we look forward to welcoming new Archive Intern, Clair Millar, to LHSA on Monday.

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