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Corps Security hires archivist to digitise its history

Corps Security has appointed Dorota Pomorska-Dawid, an Archivist at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) to examine and catalogue the records of its 161-year history.

Pomorska-Dawid (left) reports to Diz Sollesse (right) at Corps who acts as the archive custodian

Pomorska-Dawid is delving through more than 20 metres of records held in the LMA which includes iconic pieces such as letters from Florence Nightingale, former Prime Minister William Gladstone and royalty. The archive also includes records of each former soldier who joined the Corps, including their personal family information, the regiment they served in and any medals they were awarded.

The aim is for the artefacts to be digitised so that they can be viewed by historians and all those interested in Corps’ history. The work will be completed by the autumn.

At the same time, the history of the Corps of Commissionaires – the organisation’s previous name – will form part of  Dr David Churchill’s, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice, Leeds School of Law, personal history of security project. The project, which could see a co-authored booklet about the organisation’s history, is scheduled to begin in the autumn.

Pomorska-Dawid previously worked on a project with the Guildhall School of Music’s archives and has worked for the LMA for more than 18 years.

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