|Judy with Councillor Gemmell, Martin Taylor (Head of Hull |
City Archives) and Richard Hesletine (University Librarian)
- watching the rather balletic movements of the drillers, diggers and concrete pumps during the pile driving for the History Centre; and then numerous days walking round the site with the architects, in a hard hat and big boots, thinking ‘how did this happen to me - we are having a building built for us!’
- the challenge of co-ordinating the move of about 2500 shelves of material from campus to the History Centre, all in the right order
- the energising busy-ness of our first day opening at the History Centre in 2010 - with BBC Radio Humberside broadcasting from 6am and welcoming our first visitors and researchers at 9.30
- days spent discussing digital preservation with Simon, Chris, Richard and colleagues from the US- realising that we knew less at the end of the day than we did at the beginning
- a wonderful but poignant day with jazz playing in the background, boxing up the papers in Alan Plater's study in his house in London
- watching children run up to the Larkin Toad outside the History Centre, followed by their slightly weary parents.
But I think my most important memory is just how much I have enjoyed working every single day - even when it has been hard or challenging. I have been very lucky and privileged to have played a part in the creation of the History Centre and to work with so many great colleagues. I will take a lot of Hull’s spirit and creativity with me - and continue to let people know what a great place it is.
Judy Burg, University Archivist