Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emily Delivers Again; Archives Were Opened Up to Five Million

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emily Delivers Again; Archives Were Opened Up to Five Million

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor ? 0191 201 6224 ?

STUDENT photographer Emily Meritt has been rewarded for her part in allowing millions to peer into the North East's past. Emily, 22, who is studying commercial photography at Newcastle College, has been volunteering for a year at Tyne Wear Museums and Archives (TWAM).

She has been combing the archives for historic images which she then digitises and places online so they can be seen by the public.

"As a direct result of her work, we have engaged upwards of five million people online and her work has shaped how we will share collections online in the future," said a TWAM spokesman. Emily's efforts have been recognised in the North East Museum Volunteer Awards 2012.

She is the first recipient of the 'contribution from a young volunteer' award. Judges said: "Emily has spent many hours in Newcastle's Discovery Museum, supporting improved access to collections.

She consistently delivers work to a very high standard and despite having a hectic time schedule away from the museum always manages to deliver results."

Emily's online images include a collection of 'mug shot' police photographs found in a junk shop which generated tens of thousands of hits when they appeared in August.

"It's fantastic to have the work I've been doing at TWAM recognised. It is moving historic photography into the digital age," said Emily, from Gosforth in Newcastle.

"It is amazing what is in the archives, there is a wealth of material.

"My two loves are photography and history, and I find it hard to stay out of the museum.

"I don't think people realise how much is there."

Lucy Cooke, TWAM volunteer programmes co-ordinator, said: "Volunteers make a vital contribution to museums in the North East. …

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