Who are you and what do you do?
Grace Bottomley, Archives Assistant. I catalogue documents from our archive, identifying the key information, dates and people involved within each record. This makes it easier for future researchers to find them on our online catalogue. I also assist researchers, answering enquiries and sourcing relevant material for visiting readers.
What inspired you to work in this sector/industry?
I have always been consumed by the informative power of history. Collections give us fascinating insights into the past as well as enrich our understanding of the present. I find documents particularly interesting because they are such a rich source of information, detailing anything from major historical events to personal transactions. I love being able to unlock this information for others, whether through providing access to these records or helping to read difficult handwriting!
Do you have a favourite item and why?
Henry VI’s directions for building College Chapel, 1448, because the original dimensions are crossed out and replaced by even larger ones! Henry intended the chapel to be a grand centre of pilgrimage. The builders had to knock down their work and start again!
Grace has also written a post for the blog on Richard Porson’s handwriting inspiring a Greek typeface: https://etoncollegecollections.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/the-legacy-of-richard-porsons-handwriting/
Keep an eye on our blog and social media for more shared views across the summer months!