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Catherine

Head of Preservation and Access, Parliamentary Archives

Brown overalls and buckets of sawdust? Caretaking and the age of digital

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution I’ve been fortunate enough in the course of my digital preservation career to attend a fair few conferences on the topic and while I invariably find something to stimulate ideas and reboot enthusiasm, if I’m honest, …

Are you a preservation hero or digital archive dummy?

Take our quiz to find out, we'll give you the answers tomorrow on International Digital Preservation Day! The digital preservation community has been trying to tackle to issues of keeping stuff safe for some time. The oldest digital archive in …

Negative and Positive – Digitising Glass Plate Negatives

The Parliamentary Archives holds a collection of glass plate negatives dating from c.1900 that were purchased from Edward Farmer, a commercial and technical photographer, in 1972. Our latest project has been to digitise this archive and make the images available …

My favourite (?) archive: Nulla unquam de morte hominis cunctatio longa est.

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I joined the Parliamentary Archives nearly two years ago when I was given a tour of the Victoria Tower. To be honest, at the time it was a bit of a blur of amazing documents, manuscripts and plans filling almost all …

Acting on Change: impressions of a recent digital preservation conference

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The Parliamentary Archives Digital Preservation Trainee, Grace Bell, gives us her take on the international ‘Acting on Change’ conference: On 30th November and 1st December the Parliamentary Archives Digital Preservation team attended a conference at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, …

Photographing Stone, digitising the Benjamin Stone photographs

The latest digitisation project completed at the Parliamentary Archives is a collection of photographs originally taken by the MP and photographer, Benjamin Stone. The original photographs date from between 1897 and 1911 and are of the rooms which make up …

Collection Care work on the Stone Photographs

The Collection Care team is involved in many of the digitisation projects at the Parliamentary Archives, particularly when the items to be digitised are fragile to handle or need long-term archival packaging or rehousing. In the case of the Stone …

Revealing Parchment’s Hidden Stories

Thomas Bower (Collection Care Assistant) writes about an on-going academic project we've been helping with. Over the summer, members of the Collection Care Team at the Parliamentary Archives have contributed to a nationwide research project to explore the DNA of …