The Cost(s) of Being an Archivist

In one of her blog posts, Kirsty Fife considers the costs of being and archivist, and how we might think about diversifying our workforce.

Kirsty Fife

If you’ve been to an archives conference recently, you’ll have heard all about the importance of diversity and inclusion in archive services, the records we collect, and the archive profession as a whole. The need for representative services and collections is talked about extensively, and for good reasons – however, often these terms are banded about like buzzwords with not enough transformative change happening to enable us to work towards these goals.

I’m a working class, white, queer, able bodied, cisgendered woman. I have intersections of identities that lead me to experience oppression on a daily basis, and others which mean that I benefit from a level of systematic privilege. I started working in archives six years ago as a nearly full time Photographic Assistant at a national museum, and I’m now a qualified Archivist currently more than two years post-qualification. As I graduated about two years ago now, I…

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