THE BRITISH RECORDS ASSOCIATION
‘ARCHIVES AT RISK’: SEMINAR AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY, WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2013, 2-4.45pm
The British Records Association is holding an afternoon seminar (1.30pm for 2pm) on its recently published report about risks currently threatening historical records and archives. For details of the report please go to http://www.britishrecordsassociation.org.uk/pages/news.htm
The purpose of the seminar is to consider the issues raised by the report and the actions needed to tackle them. The report highlighted generic risks and made a variety of proposals for further co-ordinated work to enhance the collection and preservation of both digital and traditional archive formats. Short presentations will be given by Anthony Smith (British Records Association), Caroline Peach (British Library Preservation Advisory Centre), Melinda Haunton (The National Archives) and David Mander (Independent Consultant).
There will be plenty of opportunity for questions about the report as well as wider discussion on the feasibility of the proposals. This event will be of interest to anyone who is concerned about current strategic and practical issues facing the proper preservation of the UK’s rich archival heritage and the variety of archive services that contribute to managing that heritage.
We would like the afternoon to provide the basis for an action plan and are very keen to make use of the occasion to hear from anyone who would be willing to address the issues raised by the report.
Attendance at the seminar is free and light refreshments will be provided on arrival, but places are limited. Please book your place by contacting Maria Evans, British Records Association, Finsbury Library, 245 St John’s Street, London EC1V 4NB ([log in to unmask]; 0207 8330428) before Thursday 2 May 2013.
The Association welcomes constructive feedback and comment from readers of its report. If you wish to comment on it, please contact the Chairman of the Association’s Records Preservation Section at [log in to unmask]
Dr Anthony Smith
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