Friday, September 17, 2010

Ulster-Scots History at the British Library


I was pleased yesterday to receive an email from The British Library to say that they have selected three major projects I led during my time at the Ulster-Scots Agency to be included in their Web Archiving Programme. The websites for Hamilton & Montgomery (2006), UlsterVirginia (2007) and The Covenanters in Ulster (2008) have been chosen. The purpose of the Web Archiving Programme is to "... select and archive sites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage and as a result, they will remain available to researchers in the future. The British Library works closely with leading UK institutions to collect and permanently preserve the UK web... We aim to develop preservation mechanisms to keep your publication permanently accessible as hardware and software change over time."

So these stories will now be permanently stored under the digital protection of one of the world's great learning institutions. With thanks to those who worked voluntarily with me on these three major projects, to Dr John McCavitt for his advice on the BL archiving programme, and to the British Library for deeming the projects to be important enough to preserve them for future generations.