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, qualifying as an Archivist in 2004. Jan also has extensive tutoring experience, including the Modern Scottish History Distance Learning Course and with CAIS, where she has supervised students doing their Masters dissertations.

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.

Jan currently sits on the Council of the Scottish Records Association.

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)