The Wiltshire Wills Feasibility Study

Gow, A. and Ross, S. (2000) The Wiltshire Wills Feasibility Study. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office has nearly ninety thousand wills in its care. These records are neither adequately catalogued nor secured against loss by facsimile microfilm copies. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Record Office has begun to produce suitable finding aids for the material. Beginning with this feasibility study the Record Office is developing a strategy to ensure the that facsimiles to protect the collection against risk of loss or damage and to improve public access are created.<p></p> This feasibility study explores the different methodologies that can be used to assist the preservation and conservation of the collection and improve public access to it. The study aims to produce a strategy that will enable the Record Office to create digital facsimiles of the Wills in its care for access purposes and to also create preservation quality microfilms. The strategy aims to seek the most cost effective and time efficient approach to the problem and identifies ways to optimise the processes by drawing on the experience of other similar projects. This report provides a set of guidelines and recommendations to ensure the best use of the resources available for to provide the most robust preservation strategy and to ensure that future access to the Wills as an information resource can be flexible, both local and remote, and sustainable.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Status:Unpublished
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gow, Ms Ann and Ross, Professor Seamus
Authors: Gow, A., and Ross, S.
Subjects:T Technology > TR Photography
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2000 HATII, University of Glasgow
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the authors

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