It is crucially important that we make the memories and personal items with which we are entrusted as accessible as possible. In order to do this we need to digitise the archive, first by producing a digital catalogue of the collection and then by scanning photographs and making digital copies of recorded interviews, etc. This project will preserve a unique collection so that the bravery and sacrifice of such a remarkable generation will not be forgotten.
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We have 4,500 recorded interviews with people who lived through the second world war and, in order to preserve these for future generations to use as research and educational tools, we need to convert the interviews into a digital format. In addition, we have an archive of accompanying material including photographs, log books, diaries, letters and other memorabilia, which we also plan to preserve in digital form as well as original. This digitisation will make the collection more accessible to people who can not visit us in person as we will feature experiences on our website and increase our education packs for schools. In the future, it will be possible to log onto our website and perhaps listen to one of your ancestors being interviewed about their experience of the war, or see their photographs.
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