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I don't which of these abstracts ultimately made it into the Conference Programme. It was still the Society of Archivists, it was 2009, the conference was in Bristol, and back at PETT we were in the midst of the all-out campaign which resulted in the major HLF grant for "Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children". I know which abstract I prefer.

 

Value-added archiving: Twenty years of oral history, online media, community building and people”

Starting in 1989 with one archive collection and a handful of books, using a bedroom as strongroom, users room and office, the Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre now has over 200 archive collections, a Research Library with well over 7000 books, and over 1500 audio/video/oral history recordings housed in a combination of adapted and purpose-built premises. Our hesitant entry into the digital age began with a secondhand state-of-the-art Atari computer going head to head with an Acorn in 1989; but a handbuilt PC in 1996 and going live with the website in 1997 plunged us into a new world of access and outreach, opening a digitally-enhanced horizon of communication, growth, engagement, collections management and service. Numerous email groups, websites, A brief narrative of adding value on our 20th anniversary.

Value-added archiving: Twenty years of oral history, online media, community building and people”

Starting in 1989 with one archive collection and a handful of books, using a bedroom as strongroom, users room and office, the Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre now has over 200 archive collections, a Research Library with well over 7000 books, and over 1500 audio/video/oral history recordings housed in a combination of adapted and purpose-built premises. A brief narrative of how one under-resourced rurally-based charity archive was plunged into international community and growth through oral history and the Internet, and the sheer enjoyment of enabling access and adding value to collections, the majority of which are closed. An interesting set of problems.

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