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My first real job was as College Archivist at University College Cork. During my time at Cork, I made some progress into sorting out almost 150 years of history, stored in basement strong rooms underneath UCC's picturesque quadrangle. These dark, dank, strong rooms were filled floor to ceiling with papers, photographs, bound volumes, paintings, artefacts and the ephemera of academic life. The University’s heritage was crammed into these damp rooms...

But heritage services do not exist just for the pleasure of their curators. At UCC I oversaw a modest, but effective, public research service. Users came from everywhere. Members of the public, students, specialist scholars and university staff. Everyone had their own reasons for consulting the materials and each person was unique.

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