Dr Jan Merchant
Jan graduated MA(Hons) Modern History from the University of Dundee and went on to complete her PhD 'The maidservant and the female labour market in Dundee, 1870-1911'. In 2004, Jan gained her diploma in Archives and Records Management with CAIS
She began her archival career with ARMMS as Archive Assistant, then Project Archivist for 'The Drawn Evidence', after which she spent several years as Assistant Archivist with Perth and Kinross Council Archive where she further developed her professional skills. Jan also has extensive tutoring experience, including the Modern Scottish History Distance Learning Course and with CAIS, where she currently supervises students doing their Masters dissertations.
As Senior Archivist Jan's main responsibilities include managing the collections (accessions, preservation, arranging, listing and developing access to the collections), supervising volunteers and trainees, delivering research guidance and help to actual and remote users of the Archive and developing the Archive's outreach and education programme.
Jan currently sits on the Councils of the Abertay Historical Society and the Scottish Records Association.
Articles and papers include
'The Archives Celebrates the Sciences' in 'Contact', February 2015
'Friends, fans and followers, lend us your thumbs: social networking and the
archivist', Archives & Records Association (UK & Ireland) Annual Conference, 2011
'An Insurrection of Maids': Domestic Servants and the Agitation of 1872' in Whatley et al eds, Victorian Dundee: Image and Realities (2nd ed, 2011)