Digitising the past: the National Archives visits Lincoln



The University hosted two special guests last week when the Chief Executive and Keeper of the National Archives and its Head of Research visited the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) and its digital archive.

Funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the University is working in partnership with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust to preserve the heritage of Bomber Command by constructing a digital archive and providing the content and interpretation for an exhibition which will be housed in the new IBCC visitor centre when it opens in 2017.

Jeff James (Chief Executive and Keeper) and Val Johnson (Head of Research) were met by representatives from the Trust and the University, including Matthew Cragoe, PVC College of Arts, Ian Snowley, University Librarian, Heather Hughes, Head of the IBCC Digital Archive and Paul Stephenson, Head of the School of History & Heritage.

The visit began at the IBCC site on Canwick Hill, where Project Director Nicky Barr outlined the progress so far, before proceeding to the offices of the IBCC Digital Archive on the University’s Riseholme campus.

Here the archive team were able to explain the project’s ethos and approach to digital archiving, leading to an interesting and fruitful discussion about some of the challenges that digitisation poses for all archives.

All too soon it was time for Jeff and Val to return to London but the team were delighted to introduce them to this major project and show how it fits into the University’s broader commitment to digital collections management.


Story Credit: Laura Jones

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