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Alison is the Archivist for the Argyll Papers - the family and estate archive of the Campbell family, earls and dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle. Her responsibilities are the preservation and development of the archive. She also manages access to the archive.

Before Inveraray, Alison worked as a Curatorial Officer for the National Records of Scotland. Alison has also worked for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (Project Manager. A Union for a’ That), for Access to Mineral Heritage and for Unilever plc.

She was the National Archives Institutions Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme (2014-15).

In the 1990s, Alison taught Scottish palaeography at the University of Edinburgh Office for Lifelong Learning. She has also delivered sessions on behalf of the Scottish Records Association and to support Friends and volunteers.

Alison studied Divinity at the University of Aberdeen. She qualified as an archivist at University College London. She is currently studying Gaelic part-time with UHI.