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Digitising the BT Heritage Archive

Friday, 13 January 2012

Some business archive news for the start of the new year.  A million pound project to digitise the BT Heritage Archive was launched this week in London on 11th January.  The project is called New Connections: BT e-Archive and is:

A collaboration between Coventry University (CU), BT Heritage and The National Archives (TNA). It aims to catalogue, digitise and develop a searchable online archive of almost half a million photographs, images, documents and correspondence assembled by BT over 165 years. This large and remarkable collection details the history of Britain’s leading role in the development of telecommunications and the impact of this technology on society. The BT Archive is held, with limited public access, in central London and is by any standard a collection of national and international importance, recognised by UNESCO.
You can find out more on the project blog.


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This blog will provide information about the development of a National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. It will also be used to provide general updates about Business Archives in Scotland.

This blog is written by Kiara King, the Ballast Trust archivist. Updates on the Data Mapping Project are written by Cheryl Brown, project officer.


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