Mount Stuart archivist works her way to the top

Lynsey Nairn has just completed a Masters in Archives and Records Management ' a course part-funded by the Bute Collection and Mount Stuart Trust - and is preparing to take up the senior position of Archivist.
Lynsey Nairn has just completed a Masters in Archives and Records Management ' a course part-funded by the Bute Collection and Mount Stuart Trust - and is preparing to take up the senior position of Archivist.

A Bute lady who has only ever worked at Mount Stuart – starting with seasonal work as a teenager – has just been handed the job of looking after the archive of one of Scotland’s most celebrated private art collections and family archive.

Lynsey Nairn’s fascination with the Bute Collection started when she took up a temporary post working on a collections database.

Now, 12 years later, she has just completed a Masters in Archives and Records Management – a course part-funded by the Bute Collection and Mount Stuart Trust - and is preparing to take up the senior position of Archivist.

It’s a far cry from washing dishes in the Mount Stuart tearoom, which Lynsey started as a summer job back in 1999 because it was close to her parents’ dairy farm.

“If anyone had told me back then that I’d be in the position I am now 15 years later, I’d have laughed,” she said.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I’ve been fascinated by Mount Stuart’s collections department ever since I was given the task of updating the database back in 2003, and now I’m about to become Archivist.

“I would never have been able to achieve what I have done without the help and support – both financial and otherwise – of the Bute family and Mount Stuart Trust, as well as my colleagues, friends and family and I’m extremely grateful to everyone for the opportunities I’ve been given.

“I now plan to devote the rest of my career to securing and safeguarding the long term future of what I believe is the most exciting private collection of archival material, artwork and artefacts in the country.”

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