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Preservation & Conservation Survey 2015-16

Background

SCA provided financial and administrative support and developed a partnership with the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and the National Records of Scotland to secure the delivery of 11 Preservation Assessment Surveys across archives in Scotland from 2010 to 2013. The data gathered in those surveys, combined with data collected from 17 surveys carried out in Scottish archives is analysed and presented in Our Past, Our Future: A Preservation Survey Report for Scotland.

In order to address the issues raised in the Report, we have established a Preservation Committee. Composed of a mix of archivists, conservators and users, the overarching purpose of the SCA Preservation Committee is to take a strategic approach that identifies priority areas for action relating to the preservation and conservation of Scotland’s archive collections and associated access issues The Preservation Committee commissioned a survey to help understand priorities and needs in order to inform and guide the activities and initiatives of the Committee.

Open for Use Survey Summary

The purpose of the survey is to help the Committee to identify practical and cost-effective means of improving and promoting communication and partnership working with relevant bodies that share an interest in the preservation and conservation of archive collections in Scotland. The survey was been designed with reference to the requirements of the UK Archive Service Accreditation standard.

To view Open for Use, the executive summary of the survey, please click on the cover below.