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An evening of appreciation for Archive volunteers

Live Borders Archives are holding an open evening for current and potential volunteers on Thursday, December 8.

The event, which will take place in the Heritage Hub, Hawick, will mark the completion of the first year in the two year Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI project which has been documenting the region’s social and family heritage of this momentous period.

The project relies on volunteers who have been undertaking a range of roles, including helping at events, research and admin work.

The open evening is to celebrate the work undertaken by current volunteers and to encourage anyone with an interest in volunteering to pop along, chat to staff and have a look around the Archive.

Gordon Brown, Executive Officer with Volunteer Centre Borders will give a short presentation on volunteering in the Scottish Borders and there will be refreshments available.

Archive Manager Paul Brough said: “Volunteers bring valuable skills and knowledge to what we do and we trust that they get something out of the activity, but it is good to record our thanks in this way too.”

Other volunteers currently engaged with the Heritage Hub are focussed on Kelso research, having also published two books, and undertaking tasks such as transcribing the Ian Landles Oral History Archive.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive Live Borders said: “Volunteers are vital to the success of these projects and those involved in the Saving and Sharing initiative have made a valuable contribution over the past year.”

There are also a range of other volunteer opportunities within the Archives and anyone who would like to explore these is invited to go along next week for a cuppa and a chat.