Preparing to Digitise Your Archives: Conservation

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Digitisation is strategically valuable for collections on multiple levels; opening up access to records for an international audience, providing a crucial revenue stream and fulfilling the duty of preservation.

The National Archives’ experience in imaging collections has progressed since microfilming in the 1960s to digitising microfilm collections in the early noughties; developing into our current mass digitisation programme where we produce both digital surrogates from our physical collections and digitised accessions, all created to an industry standard.

Conservation is a crucial part of the digitisation process, therefore should be considered in the project planning phase. This webinar will discuss how The National Archives undertake conservation in a digitisation project. Topics of discussions will include the difference between conservation for digitisation versus other kinds of conservation; encompassing the personnel, judgement and techniques required to prepare collections for digitisation. There will also be information about the kind of document formats we digitise, managing the workflow and document handling training for digitisation operators.

This 45 minute webinar will be presented by Catt Baum, Senior Conservation Manager in our Digitisation Services division. There will be an opportunity for questions in our ‘Ask the Expert’ session at the end.

Webinars are online only events.

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