The Yorkshire Group meets at least four times a year. The annual programme usually includes a peer review, a business-related session, a social or indexing-relevant visit and our AGM followed by a Christmas meal. The group includes experienced and new indexers as well as students. It is a welcoming and friendly group offering members support and encouragement as well as opportunities for continued professional development. All SI and SfEP members are welcome from near and far.
The Yorkshire Group runs a discussion forum that is open to all members of the Society.
For further information, please contact the Yorkshire group coordinator, Melanie Gee: email@example.com
Forthcoming meetings for 2019
Saturday 12 October, 11.00 am – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB
Group discussion on handling the metatopic
Thursday 5 December, 11.30 am – ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG
Christmas lunch and AGM.
Wed 19th June, 10:30-11:30am – Tour of Leeds Library
The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library in the British Isles and seven members met for a guided public tour. Dating from 1768, we learned that women have played a pivotal role in its history. The building boasts beautiful staircases, comfy window seats, and plenty of nooks and crannies in which to secrete oneself. The obligatory ghost takes the form of librarian Vincent Thomas Sternberg, whose physical appearance even in life was suitably frightening, thanks to a gunpowder accident. On one occasion the ghost was followed to the gentleman’s lavatory door (pictured), which still has its original and unusual, if highly unsuitable, green baize covering.
The library’s diverse collection of books and journals reflects the passions of librarians and members past and present. A recent acquisition was David Hockney’s A Bigger Book (2016) costing £1,800. The library also boasts a large collection of Victorian novels, and that of the (historical society of Leeds and district).
The Old Librarian’s Office features an original table, a miscellany of artefacts, and books including first editions of Casino Royale and On the Origin of Species – the latter including a mis-spelling of the word “species” on one of the pages. Many of the older books are in a state of some disrepair, with a dusting of red “rust” damage associated with the use of gas lights. The ongoing programme of restoration is being carried out in part by an in-house book binder.
After the tour, six of us went on to the Cosy Club for lunch, where we caught up with each other socially.
Wednesday 6 March, 11.00 a.m – Sheffield, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW
Four of us met for our peer review meeting on Wednesday 6th March at the Friends Meeting House, Sheffield. Our text was High Street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence, an interesting and surprisingly upbeat research summary document published some five years ago; we suspected the picture might be a little different today.
As usual our indexes included lots of different headings and details teased from a densely packed document. We debated what the metatopic(s) might be (high streets/town centres, certainly, but also probably shoppers, and perhaps also the strength of the evidence base), and how their recognition (or not) influenced our indexing of them. (Incidentally we plan to have an informal session on the metatopic this October.) Other points of discussion included how we handled the endnotes, and whether/how the nature of the document and its intended readership influenced how densely we indexed. One issue with this particular text was the sheer amount of information packed onto each page, which led to ‘just’ page numbers as locators feeling rather inadequate.
I trialled the use of arranging topic cards on the table which we could take in turns to select from, to help prioritise and focus our discussion (see picture). It was quite fun, and I thought this technique would potentially come into its own with larger groups and/or groups with mixed levels of indexing experience, including students. Speaking of whom, everyone expressed a keen desire to meet some of our student indexers in future meetings. Please don’t be shy and come along if you can!
Afterwards, three of us enjoyed lunch at the consistently excellent Blue Moon café. Our next meeting is a guided tour of the Leeds Library in June, date to be confirmed.
Wednesday 5 December 2018, 11.30 am – ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG
Six of our members met for an enjoyable Christmas lunch and our informal AGM. We reviewed the year, and planned events for 2019. Ruth Ellis stepped down as group leader and Melanie Gee has now taken on the role.
Saturday 20 October 2018, 11.00 am – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB
This year’s peer review was for the introductory booklet Manage Your Pain from the charity Pain Concern. Whilst on the surface this seems a simple text, it certainly gave us plenty for discussion. We compared the use of specialist medical terms with lay users terms, how to handle the metatopic, the use of verbs rather than nouns as the entry term, consistency of phrasing, whether to index images and text on the same page, and what terms the reader might use that do not exist in the text. The booklet also led to us all considering our own daily routines whilst indexing, including posture, getting enough exercise, and how to manage the housework!
Wednesday 20 June 2018 – Halifax 11.00 am. Meeting at the train station entrance HX1 1QU
Group walking tour of Halifax including a look round the Minster, the new library, Piece Hall and Town Hall followed by lunch at the Square Chapel Café
Monday 23 April 2018, 11.00 a.m – Sheffield, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW
A discussion session on client relationship management. We covered the lifecycle of managing a client, from first negotiations, through managing the indexing schedule, crisis management and discussed how to evaluate your clients in terms of your business. This was followed by lunch at the Blue Moon Café
Wednesday 6 December 2017, 11.30 am – ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG
Seven group members met on Wednesday 7th December for our informal annual AGM and Christmas lunch at ASK in the Assembly Rooms, York. We reviewed the meetings we’d held in 2017 and checked the status of our accounts. Then we scheduled social meetings, a peer review, and workshop session for 2018 before enjoying lunch. During the meal we discussed the new website & other indexing topics.
Saturday 7 October 2017, 11.00 am – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB
We held our yearly peer review at the Create Café in Wakefield, where six of us met to discuss the text Hali-facts: A heritage discovery trail of Halifax for all ages, a tourist leaflet written with the help of local school children. What seemed initially like a simple text was packed with information and, as is often the case, none of us had included quite the same details. Our discussion covered the different types of decorative architectural features (memorials can be carvings or statues, but not all statues and carvings are memorials); double entry in short indexes; the tension between creating accurate entries vs following the text and indexing captions. We discussed the needs and prior knowledge of our potential audience and whether considering format may help – bold headings for main buildings proved popular.
We continued to discuss Halifax over lunch, deciding to consider it for a future group visit, and then shared our experiences of the new Society website and forums.
Wednesday 17 May 2017, 11.00 am – National Media Museum, Bradford
Six members of the Yorkshire Group were provided with a very interesting, hour-long, tour of Insight, the Collections and Research Centre of the Museum. This was conducted by Zoe Wolstenholme of the Museum staff. Insight is the secure and supervised access section of the Museum, accessed by arrangement, unlike the many open access areas where the artefacts are on open display in permanent exhibitions: https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/collection-tours
We firstly saw the extensive archive collection of the former Daily Herald Newspaper which was issued between c1911 and 1965. The Herald was born of an industrial dispute as a newssheet, but in 1912 it was made regular and enduring by George Lansbury, who became its editor. The paper maintained a pacifist stance during the First World War. It provided broad support for the Labour movement, but financial difficulties led to the paper becoming incorporated as a voice for the Labour Party and the Trades Union Congress in 1922. The archive is housed in the original filing cabinets and is accessed via the original indexes by persons, places and themes. The collection is composed of a file of monochrome prints and a glass negatives file.
We next moved to the Small Objects Store and viewed the extensive array of historic cameras. The examples cover the whole of chemical photography, in all formats, from the late 1830s up to the advent of digital photography. Many and varied are the box cameras and bellows cameras, with the Kodak name being prominent, and the relatively brief life of Polaroid cameras is also evident. Included also are lantern slide projectors and the later 35mm slide projectors.
The Large Object Store mainly covers the historical realia of cinematography, television, and to some extent computer technology. Such items as the electromechanical, sound effects machine, of the BBC, is also included, as well as items from John Logie-Baird’s early television system.
Finally, we viewed the exquisite and rare collection of Daguerreotypes which remain startlingly sharp and clear images despite their age and the transience of this early era of photography.
The group repaired to the Museum’s Café for lunch rather than to the traditional Bradford curry house. Thanks to Zoe and the Museum.
Saturday 4 March 2017 at 11.00a.m – Sheffield, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW
Discussion session on working to budget – time, money and page space, followed by lunch at Blue Moon Café.
Wednesday 7 December 2016 – ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG
As usual we planned our December meeting to coincide with the Christmas Fair in York. Eight members met for our informal AGM and Christmas lunch at ASK in the Assembly Rooms. We reviewed the meetings we’d held in 2016 and checked the status of our accounts. Then we scheduled meetings for 2017 before enjoying lunch in the splendid surroundings of the Assembly Rooms. During lunch we discussed the redesign of the SI website and plans for the 2017 conference.
Saturday 15 October 2016 – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB
Six of us met on 15 October at Café Create in Wakefield. The theme was to be about bias and after unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable document to use for a peer review we ended up with a different sort of exercise. We took one of Donald Trump’s policy documents on immigration and had to choose a few terms which we would use for different types of archives – the Trump archive, the Republican Party Archive, The Democratic Party Archive, and The Library of Congress. We all discovered that it was a much more difficult exercise than we originally thought, and that trying to choose biased terms went against our usual indexing instincts of keeping terms neutral. Ruth Ellis led a lively and thought-provoking discussion, and we covered how to deal with topics such as crime, Mexico, “the wall”, employment, immigration control, and illegal immigration. We decided that bias was generally produced with qualifiers rather than the terms themselves. We also discussed how some terms have different meanings in America than they do in Britain. With continuing globalization we wondered how much this will impact on our work as Indexers in the future. We had a lovely lunch before going our separate ways.