Archives at risk8 May 2013British Library

The British Records Association is holding an afternoon seminar on its recently published report about risks currently threatening historical records and archives.

The UK Data Archive is one of the report's sponsors; you can download the full report - Records at risk - from the British Records Association website.

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 coordinated work to enhance the collection and preservation of both digital and traditional archive formats.

Short presentations at the seminar will be given by:

  • Anthony Smith, British Records Association
  • Caroline Peach, British Library Preservation Advisory Centre
  • Melinda Haunton, The National Archives
  • David Mander, independent consultant

There will be 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.

The British Records Association 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 is free and light refreshments will be provided on arrival, but places are limited. Book your place by contacting Maria Evans at the British Records Association (or +44 (0)207 8330428) before Thursday 2 May 2013.

The Association welcomes constructive feedback and comment from readers of its report. Contact the Chairman of the Association's Records Preservation Section.