"We have invested time visiting archives in the region and have a clear picture of their importance to practitioners, communities and historians. We are very impressed at how your project has become the most effectively managed in the region in such a short space of time." (SWiB visitor)
"Thank you so much for your speedy response to our request for info. How incredibly efficient!" (D.G, SWiB search room visitor)
"The care and research you put into all collections placed with you seem second to none. I regard SWiB as a first rate service. Thank you for your service and your team… Totally invaluable." (D.N, Operations Manager, House of Fraser.)
"I thought you should know just how much your support means to our organisation, our students are thriving as a result of being at SWiB! I have come to recognise the good work that you carry out with many disadvantaged people. By giving them a chance, where others were reluctant to do so, you are helping many of these people raise their self esteem and confidence enabling them to find employment and play a more meaningful role in society. I feel it is vitally important that SWiB continue to be funded." (P.C, Employment Advisor, Pluss).
"I would like to offer our warmest thanks to you for helping provide our members with so many insights into our shared visual heritage. Our members thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and appreciate all the effort that goes into making your archive accessible to multiple communities. We send you our very sincere congratulations and best wishes for your continued success." (Plympton Probus Club)
"Thank you so much for your superb exhibition to our group. People are still telling me that it was the best evening for ages. I couldn't agree more, you did a really superb job! Thank you again for a remarkable evening. You are a credit to your organisation." (Plymouth Tree Partnership).
"In developing my career in heritage, I have volunteered now at two other archive organisations in the region but have found my time at SWiB to be the most valuable and the most enjoyable yet! The three months I spent with you has confirmed for me my interest in pursuing archive work as a career... thank you!" (Plymouth University Work Placement student)
"Just what Plymouth needs with the steep history that we have, it's a must and needs the support to continue" (gallery visitor)
A truly fascinating and worthwhile place. Plymouth is very fortunate to have this." (online review)
"I’m writing to you to say a big thank you for all the support you have given to me while I have been at South West Image Bank (SWIB). I really do enjoy spending my time at SWIB because I am learning new skills and I am learning how to data input. I really enjoy looking at the old Photos and how Plymouth has changed over the years and I really enjoy meeting customers when they walk in to SWIB. I really liked it when you talked about your work to me as I now have a better understanding of how SWIB works. I am so pleased to be part of your team!! I would be greatful if you could show this email to your Managers as I would like them to know the high level of service I have got from you. Thank you both once again for the support!!" (L.B, volunteer work placement from Skills Development, City College).
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