Barry Sullivan, Assistant Archivist, Archives

When did you join DC Thomson?
I’ve been employed by the company since August 2014

What’s your role in DC Thomson?
I originally joined as a volunteer in November 2013, as I needed to be involved with an archive in order to gain entry to the distance learning, post-graduate archives management course on which I’m currently enrolled. I have a varied role working in the vast archives of DC Thomson.

What makes your working day enjoyable?
I love the variety the job entails; one minute I can be helping journalists find photos to illustrate their stories, and then giving a tour of the archives to students the next. The most satisfying aspect of the job is when I’m able to find something that one of our readers has been searching for (often for years!) and feeling that I’ve helped someone reconnect with, or even find closure with an element of their own, personal history

Tell us a little about the part you play in making DC Thomson a success?
There can’t be many facets of the business which aren’t covered by, and make use of our collection. Corporate memory is an aspect of business which is really important to long established companies such as ours; not just in terms of legal matters, such as copyright, but because it can give current employees a context and sense that they are a part of something in which they can be proud.

What is your highlight of being part of DC Thomson?
We’ve had a few celebs visit us for various reasons, and meeting Dara O’ Briain was certainly great for the ‘bragging rights’, but most of my highlights have involved bringing people into the archives store for the first time. This is especially true if they had been fans of the comics: you can practically see their inner-ten-year-old-selves jumping with joy, in pretty much the same way mine did when I first arrived.