Gordon Reid, Archivist
I came to Caithness to work in the Archives in 2011. Born in New Zealand, I spent my teenage years growing up in the Northamptonshire countryside and discovering a love of walking, history and literature. I began my career as an archivist over 30 years ago and have been privileged to work in record offices in England, Wales and now Scotland. The achievement of which I am most proud is probably devising and overseeing the “Gathering the Jewels” digitisation project, a sort of Am Baile for the whole of Wales.
In February 2017 the Caithness Archives became part of Nucleus: the Nuclear and Caithness Archive, a stunning new archive repository in Wick to store the records of the UK’s entire nuclear industry – as well as, of course, the archives of Caithness. Our role in Nucleus is to manage the service to the public, and also to celebrate the histories of Caithness and the nuclear industry: to “tell the stories” and place archival material at the heart of the community.
Outside of work, my hobbies include creative writing – I’ve self-published several novels on Amazon – and knitting ganseys, the celebrated fishermen’s pullovers. I am frequently to be found staring at the stunningly beautiful Caithness coast, and feeling incredibly lucky.
Jennifer Ross, Archive Assistant
I started working for the Caithness Archive Centre, now part of Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, in late November 2016. However I also had a placement there when I was a student around 5 years ago, and it was that placement which made me realise how much I loved archives and the stories people are able to find within the documents.
Outside of work I love the history and culture of Scotland, enjoy reading and origami and will spend hours happily playing my clarsach, or outside walking and taking photos.
Gemma Sutherland, Archive Assistant
I joined the Nucleus archive team in June 2017. I have lived in Wick, Caithness all my life and am passionate about the heritage and culture that many generations of my family have lived through. I am currently a student in business and am keen to develop on my knowledge on the history of the local economic environment and business industry in Caithness over the years.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family outside of work and following and supporting local football teams.
Garance Warburton, Community Engagement Officer (Archives)
I was very excited to take up my post at Nucleus; since moving to Scotland some 13 years ago I have been very keen to move to the far north and I haven’t been disappointed with either the post, or Caithness. This new post in a new building has brought many challenges and many exciting opportunities to use my knowledge and skills in heritage education. My background is in the arts, creativity and education. Caithness is a fabulous county with a long and varied history – a wonderful heritage to take out into the community and share.
I enjoy spending my free time walking through the different landscapes from beach to moor, cliffs to bogs with my partner in crime, Django. It’s a series of endless adventures and lots of opportunities to paddle and get thoroughly mucky – that would be Django, not me!
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