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Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

During the lockdown, our colleagues at the Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR) have gone into a ‘lateral thinking’ mode.  They suggested in a recent article on ‘Hoarders and Chuckers’ that if you unearth relevant material for the Archive, it could not be scanned until their ‘engine room’ at Ipsos MORI in Harrow was once again open for business.

“However,” they comment, “we have now realised that some scanning – of short reports and papers – could be done by the contributors themselves, before they are sent to the Archive.  Alternatively, Colin McDonald, our cataloguing/scanner guru, has offered to scan some material at home.”

Another job for those isolated at home, who might want a change from clearing cupboards, Zoom meetings, gardening and Netflix, is to join the groups of researchers who are indexing some of the Archive Collections, amalgamating AMSR’s own index with input from academic sources. Those who are already immersed in it are apparently finding it extremely interesting and are also getting nostalgic kicks as they remember the exciting research that has been conducted over the years, helping decision makers in companies and government. Training will be available for those joining the team.

Please contact Phyllis MacFarlane or Phyllis Vangelder at: [email protected] if you have unearthed any relevant material and want to talk about it.

Get in touch with Colin McDonald at: [email protected]  if you are interested in Indexing.