Archive volunteer Fyona up for an award

A university student who combined an interest in photography with a love of history when she spent a week’s placement at the Memorial last year has been nominated for an award.

Fyona Cunningham, who helped set up a new archive system by photographing and cataloguing some of the Trust’s growing collection of logbooks, medals and Battle of Britain-related documents, has been put forward as Student Volunteer of the Year at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Trustee Barry Duffield, who nominated Fyona, said the placement had “allowed Fyona to pursue her interests in modern history and aviation and given her an insight into the Battle of Britain as a significant event in the history of the RAF.”

He added: “Her work has contributed significantly to the archive which will be an asset to the site for many years to come.”

Fyona, who lives in Ashford and is studying history, took on the placement as part of her ’employability’ module and picked up some photography tips from Barry, a professional photographer who has documented the site over many years.

She said at the time: “It was amazing being able to work with original documents from the Battle of Britain and handle some of the artefacts. I have always been keen on photography and it was good to learn some new skills. I have been studying Nazi Germany as part of my course, which made it even more interesting.”

Fyona, who said she was delighted to have been nominated for the award, described the Memorial as “a fantastic place, so calm and peaceful”.

She added: “I was particularly impressed with The Scramble Experience, which tackles a really important part of history in such an accessible way. This is something that should be better known and that’s exactly what the Trust is helping to do.”

We have our fingers crossed that Fyona will be chosen as the award winner next month.

Student Fyona

Fyona at work last year, helping to set up our archive.

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