In this session we discussed the best ways to preserve your paper-based and audiovisual documentation, understanding records and archives and looking in greater detail at some of the Theatre Collection’s archival collections. We also be conversed about the Records at Risk project.

We were joined by members of staff from the University of Bristol Theatre Collection including Lucy Powell, Keeper of Theatre Archives; Sian Williams, Project Archivist for the Theatre and Live Art Records at Risk project and Nigel Bryant, Audiovisual Digitisation Officer.

This seminar was followed by a Q&A session.

 

ABTT Seminar: Caring for your Theatre and Live Art Records

Caring for your Theatre and Live Art Records  ABTT Seminar Chat Document is available here.

 

Resources:

Seminar Resources:

If you are interested in finding out more about the Records at Risk project. you can do so here:
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/news/2021/records-at-risk-project.html

If you would like to find out more about the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and it’s collections you can do so here: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/explore/

For additional resources and information about caring for your own records: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/caring-for-your-theatre–live-art-records/caring-for-your-own-records/

For advice about finding a home for your records: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/caring-for-your-theatre–live-art-records/finding-a-home-for-your-records/

 

Seminar Links:

Links for additional resources and information about caring for your own records: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/caring-for-your-theatre–live-art-records/caring-for-your-own-records/

Links for Nigel’s presentation – Caring for AV Material

DVD decrypter – make image (ISO) files from DVDs http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/

Make MKV – rip films from DVDs https://www.makemkv.com/

dBpoweramp – rip audio files from CD https://www.dbpoweramp.com/

Lightworks – video editing software https://lwks.com/

 

 Questions asked:

  1. How best can I secure access for myself and for others  to  a personal collection if I make an arrangement to give it into the care of an academic or institutional archive? I have heard tales of collections being ‘sealed’ preventing donors or others from using any of the material until the risk of content referring to  any living person has expired.
  2. How should one decide if a personal collection should be donated to a  single archive, or broken into several parts to donate to multiple institutions?
  3. If a collection consists of printed and written material as well as relevant and related artifacts, what is the best approach for finding a long term repository for the whole thing?
  4. How can one best maintain the usability of electronic records: e.g. VHS, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, hard drives, etc.?

If you have any questions you would like answering that weren’t answered in the seminar please contact Sian Williams on sian.a.williams@bristol.ac.uk