#BallastTrainee 'Back to 1988'

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As part of our continued social media campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the Trust's 30th anniversary, throughout July and August on Twitter we have been sharing extracts from Bill Lind's diary and personal correspondence. Continuing on from #Ballast30 where we shared facts all about the Trust from our favourite object to understanding how we catalogue ship plans.

Both images were taken at the Joiner's Shop at Kingston Yard. 


With #Onthisday we have been recalling what was happening at the Trust during 1988, the year the Trust formally began to carry out its objectives. Bill and his team initially began working at the temporary accommodation provided by Malcolms' of Brookfield, however it was the decision by Trafalgar House to liquidate its Scott Lithgow premises in Port Glasgow that would see the Trust begin a massive operation to rescue and list the huge volume of commercial and technical papers of Scott Lithgow's. The enormity of this task enabled the Trust to relocate to the Joiner's shop at the Kingston Yard in Port Glasgow, providing a base on site, this became the home of the Trust for the next 3 years, until March 1992.

Ref: UGD130/1/487/1 Bucket Hopper Dredger, part of Fleming & Ferguson Ltd, Shipbuilders and Engineers held by Glasgow University Archive Services. 

It is important to reflect upon the number of collections both Bill and his team worked through. We will be sharing images of some of the highlights of these collections, similar to the one above, in the lead up to our publication later on in the year.


~ Jennifer Brunton
   Archives Assistant

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