One of the big projects I worked on all those months ago has born fruit: the Museum was awarded the grant from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Project.
They have accepted our detailed proposal and the next archivist on board will be adding to our collections by collecting pre-1900 governmental and family records. The rest of my job on Grand Turk entails making sure that the records that do exist, and the systems I’ve put in place, are clear and easy to replicate. Nothing more insidious in an archive than re-inventing the wheel. The next week will be spent making sure that everything will run smoothly for the next in command (with some swimming squeezed in).
More about the Endangered Archives Project: http://www.bl.uk/about/policies/endangeredarch/homepage.html