Gary Brannan

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I’m Access Archivist here at the Borthwick, starting in July 2014. I have special responsibility for our medieval collections, as well as looking after our access responsibilities. Basically, part of my job is to make you excited about using our collections!

I’ve quite an association with the University already, as I spent a happy time here as an undergraduate in History between 2001-2004.

It's actually my second time here at the Borthwick, as I was Archives Trainee 2004-2005, during the period of the move from old Borthwick in St. Anthony’s Hall to the new site here at Heslington West. Once we’d moved here I then worked on listing the Charles Wood, Julia Pascal and Womersley Park collections here as well as working in the searchroom.

I qualified as an Archivist in 2006 and went on to be Archivist at West Yorkshire Archive Service until 2012, when I became their E Services and Offsite Services Co-ordinator. I’ve been involved in lots of projects - digitisation, social media, web development, research services and lots more.

Amongst other things, I teach medieval administrative palaeography, deliver talks and run archival engagement sessions, as well as contributing to our online access strategies. If you’ve got a great idea about how to use our collections and you think we might be able to help, just get in touch!




 MSc (Econ) Archives Administration University of Aberystwyth
 BA (Hons) History University of York


Selected publications

Talking in the Night: Exploring Webchats to Serve New Audiences’ in Kate Theimer, ‘Reference and Access, Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections’, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014