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UNESCO Memory of the World - call for nominations to the UK Register

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme seeks to encourage the preservation of, access to and awareness of the world’s documentary heritage. An important part of the Programme is its Registers, which recognise documentary heritage of outstanding significance. Successful inscriptions have been able to use this prestigious award in funding bids, to raise awareness of documentary heritage, and to improve the management of collections.

Nominations are now being invited for inscriptions to the UK Register in 2018. Any organisation or individual may make a submission for any form of documentary heritage for which they are responsible. The key criteria is that the heritage is of outstanding significance to the UK.

Applications should be made by submitting the official application form along with specified supporting documentation. Find the form and guidance here:

All enquiries should made to Matthew McMurrary (Secretary) at, or Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan (Chair) at

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in May 2018 and inscriptions will be publicly presented in June 2018 at a formal awards ceremony.

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Boots launches online archive catalogue

Boots has launched its online archive catalogue meaning researchers can now begin to explore the heritage collections held by the UK's leading pharmacy retailer. As part of a project generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, the first tranche of records is now available. It will be followed by further releases each May over the next four years. Browse the catalogue using the following link:

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TWA Digitisation Grant 2017

The TWA Digitisation Grant is being offered again in 2017. This year the fund offers grants of up to £5000 to support UK archives in digitising their collections. Bids are welcome from business archives; as well as public, private, local authority and charity archives based in the UK. 

The Grant can be used to fund the digitisation of bound books, manuscripts, oversize maps and plans, 35mm slides, microfilm/fiche, glass plate negatives, and other two-dimensional cultural heritage media. It can also be used to fund opening up access to heritage collections online.

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2017.

Find out how to apply and read more details at: 

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DPC event on preserving emails

The next Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) briefing day 'Email Preservation: How Hard Can it Be?' will be held on 6 July at The National Archives, Kew, London. In partnership with the Andrew W Mellon Foundation the day will explore emerging technologies and tools used to ensure that email can be preserved as a record for the long term. It will introduce and review the work so far of the US-based 'Task Force on Technical Approaches to Email Preservation'.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. To find out more about the topics the briefing will cover and to book a place take a look at the DPC website.

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DPC Briefing Day: 'Halcyon On and On: Emulating to Preserve'

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are holding a briefing day on emulation in York on 22 June 2017. Emulation has steadily grown in acceptance as a key tool in ensuring access to digital data. It's strength lies in recreating some of the original context in which digital data was first created and accessed and its ideal for addressing complex interactive content. But it's also seen as a complicated, technical and often confusing approach. So what is emulation? How does it work? How can you put it into practice? And where will this technology take us in the future? Halcyon On and On: Emulating to Preserve seeks to answer these and many more questions on this rich preservation topic.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. There is a limit of 3 places per member (incl. consortia and membership organisations) and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event, at which time they will be distributed equally amongst members.

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