After more than six years, the College and National Co-operative Archive are saying goodbye to Archivist Adam Shaw, who is taking up a new role as Archivist at Cheshire Record Office in Chester.
Adam will be in charge of the search room area, which receives a high volume of researchers, and managing Archive Assistants.
Among the highlights of Adam’s time with the archive have been the opportunity to work with the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, as not all archivists have the change to work with museums, and working alongside Heather Roberts on the Co-operative Group Relocation Project, which accumulated and assessed the records of The Co-operative Group as it vacated its former office buildings in order to move into its new premises at Angel Square. “We found amazing stuff and more than we thought we would,” he explains.
As well as coming to Manchester every day, Adam will also miss the ‘really nice’ people he has met during his time at the College and National Co-operative Archive, saying: “Working here you meet different types of people from different areas. A lot of academics, and people who know a lot about co-operatives, visit the archive here, whereas there will be a different kind of researcher and a lot of family historians at the Chester Record Office.”
Adam will also miss being able to put to use the “huge amount I know about the history of co-operatives after working here for six years”.
However, he is looking forward to working on a different, and larger, collection, which dates back to medieval times.