Dr Jan Merchant

Senior Archivist

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Jan graduated MA (Hons) Modern History from the University of Dundee and stayed on to complete her PhD, during which she began her archival career with the University Archive, first as Archive Assistant, then Project Archivist for 'The Drawn Evidence'.

Moving to a local authority environment, Jan spent several years as Assistant Archivist with Perth and Kinross Council Archive where she further developed her professional skills, fully qualifying as an Archivist in 2004. and later returning to the University

As Senior Archivist, her main responsibilities include managing the collections (accessions, preservation, arranging, listing and developing access to the collections), teaching, supervising volunteers and trainees and developing the Archive's outreach and education programme.

Articles and papers include

'Ghosts in the machine? the value of oral history to communities & archives, Community Archives: Opportunities and Challenges, 2017

'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)


Award Year
Commendation for Engagement Project of the Year 2023


Young at Heart group sitting at a table playing a board game
View Oor Stories Fae Dundee


A community project with the Kirkton ‘Young at Heart’ group, facilitated by the University of Dundee, to capture memories of Dundee in a book so that their stories can be shared with future generations.

Published on 13 February 2024