Abigail Wharne with Alison North, Sunny Seregen and Katherine O’Keefe
Written by Abigail Wharne, Archivist
Friday, 27 May 2016

From the pictures on the blog, many of you may imagine me sorting through piles of old papers. You might be surprised to hear that I am also responsible for managing some of our more recent records - even digital ones! This aspect of my work began last year, with a project focused on the school’s pupil files. Working alongside our brilliant Assistant Bursar, Cathy O’Reilly, I completed an information audit and made many plans for the future, which are now being implemented. Inspired by the project, I decided to write a short essay as an entry for the IRMS (Information and Records Management Society) Alison North New Professionals’ Award. The winners of the award were announced last week, and I was delighted to discover my entry had won!

The essay was entitled ‘Big Decisions: Appraising Pupil Files in a Complex Climate’. It focused on the appraisal of pupil files in the light of data protection legislation, the IICSA’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (the Goddard Inquiry) and the impact of the case R (C) and Northumberland County Council, with The Information Commissioner as an interested party. The essay will be published next month in the IRMS Bulletin (let me know if you’d like a copy!).

As a winner, I was able to attend the IRMS conference for free, where I took in many inspiring talks and engaging workshops. I returned to work last week buzzing and full of ideas!

Abigail Wharne


Abigail joined the Development team in April 2015, having previously worked for the University of Sussex Special Collections, East Sussex Record Office and Towner Art Gallery. She regularly answers historical enquiries and catalogues archive material, so that it can be accessed by College staff and the public.

Abigail also manages the school’s heritage collections, including rare books and a wide range of artefacts. As a qualified teacher, she enjoys using archives to inspire and educate Brighton College pupils.

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