It’s a handy storage space, but not for everything! Much like the garage, your attic is a perfect storage black hole — things often get put up there, never-to-return. But if you’ve spent years packing bits and bobs in the space above your house without much thought, you might want to reconsider. Most attic spaces are […]
How heat can damage your video and audio tapes, and precious family archives. Video tapes that are stored in a hot environment for an extended period of time can cause visible color deterioration and audio degradation in your tapes. If the tape has suffered from extreme heat, such as being exposed to hot attics and […]
Scanning Archival Photographic Images – Community Heritage Projects Our archive department has been busy working on Oxford United Football Club’s archive of photographs. Oxford United started in 1893 as an amateur club called Headington, a village team known locally as “the boys from over the hill”, so it was an honour to support the club […]
We are currently working on a large order with Blue Cross. Pets are at the heart of everything they do. Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets, and horses turn up to their animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve. The Blue Cross Education and Behaviour […]
Whether you’re a publisher, a library, corporate or private client, you almost certainly have hundreds, if not thousands, of historic archives that are hugely valuable, that require digitising to help preserve historical content or to build an online platform for viewing. Digitising an archive to make works available online sounds easy, but the reality […]
In the Summer of 2016, we prepared Sir Roger Bannister, the English middle-distance athlete and neurologist who ran the first sub-4-minute mile, his large video tape archive to high quality digital files. As much as I wished to talk to Sir Bannister about his 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, where he set his British record in […]
Currently we are working on a collection of photograph albums dating back to 1939 which hold historical images from World War II. It is important to handle these rare albums with a ‘white glove approach’, to ensure oils from our hands are not transferred across to the media. All images are gently brushed and cleaned […]
Tapes do not improve with age. Quite the opposite. Corporates, consumer and heritage clients have vast archives of magnetic tape that contain information that needs to be preserved. 70% of all audio-visual material is under the threat of deterioration, damage or obsolescence. From about 1950 through the 1990s, most of the world’s audio-visual was entrusted […]
Don’t throw out your old VHS tapes until you read this. With decluttering all the rage, you may be unearthing old VHS movie collections from the 80s, 90s, or earlier from your attic or the back of a closet.
Now more than ever we should be thinking carefully about how our records, media and analogue materials should be accessed in times of restricted access. With media on-line this allows archives to be stored safely and their digital counterpart used for accessing.