Archives preservation is not just about caring for records from long ago! Yes it’s always exciting to handle photographs from a far distant era but it can be just as fascinating to study and preserve images from more recent times: The 1990s to be exact! Bury Archives invites you back to the decade which brought us Britpop, the first Harry Potter book and the rise of the World Wide Web!
Our new Display takes our visitors on a mini time-travel ride to the end of the last millennium with a stunning collection of beautiful glossy images all published in The Bury Times – just before digital replaced film for many newspapers. As a nation of happy-snappers we are constantly reminded to back-up our digital files and many archives are now preparing for the efficient transferring, storing and presenting of their ‘born-digital’ records.
Of course, digital files get corrupted and hard drives fail, precious memories get accidentally deleted and perhaps the only way to ensure an image lasts a lifetime and beyond is to print it! With this in mind these fabulous prints – produced just over 20 years ago – take on extra resonance for us; with careful preservation they should still survive the decades and even centuries while their digital counterparts – which are always going to be subject to technological change – might not.
To ensure the photographs do not suffer damage while on display, they are carefully supported using acid-free card. Specialist transparent tape is used to secure the image to the card which prevents the corners curling while they are on display. We’d like to thank Susan Lord, curator from Bury Art Museum, who very kindly offered us her advice and instruction on preparing archival documents for display – it was a bit fiddly securing the photograph to the card but we got there in the end!
Did you know that we hold the Bury Times on microfilm from 1855 to the present day? This is an extremely useful resource for family researchers and local historians alike. Be careful though, looking through all those old newspapers can be addictive – you never know what you might find!! For more information please refer to our summary of catalogue resources.