Wednesday 21 December 2011

The archive treasure hunt

Treasure Hunt On Lido Beach Following my recent post about NASA wiping the tapes of the first moon landing, a piece of serendipity on the radio alerted me to the "Missing Believed Wiped" event held buy the British Film Insitute.

Here the BFI screen films and TV programs which were believed wiped, but turned up in people's personal collections.

Examples include tape of David Bowie singing Jean Genie live on Top of the Pops in 1972, and long-lost episodes of Dr Who  which turned up in the Library of Congress.

The drive behind this event is the BBC Archives Treasure Hunt; a public appeal for material in personal collections, which had been lost from the official archives.

I wonder if anyone does within within organisations?

Most people I know in business keep their own personal archives of material on their hard drives, or on back-up disks. i wonder what gems could be uncovered through an Archive Treasure Hunt?

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