BT selects Preservica for digital preservation of unique historical collections dating back to the birth of telecommunications.

BT selects Preservica for digital preservation of unique historical collections dating back to the birth of telecommunications.

Preservica, part of the Tessella group, and a world leader in digital preservation technology, research and consulting, is pleased to announce that British Telecommunications plc (BT) has chosen Preservica Enterprise Edition as the trusted digital repository for the unique and extensive collections held by BT Archives of photographs, documents, films, digitised phone books, correspondence and other public records dating back to1846. The collection includes hundreds of thousands of digitised and born-digital objects across tens of Terabytes of storage.

BT, the world’s oldest telecommunications company and one of the world’s leading providers of communications services, has made a public commitment to preserve and make accessible its heritage and Britain’s pioneering telecommunications history on behalf of the nation. The BT Archives collections are recognized by UNESCO and Arts Council England as a vital part of the UK’s national cultural and artistic heritage. The digital collections include: films dating back to the 1930s; a near complete set of digitised phone books from 1880 to 1984; documents relating to the foundation in 1846 of the Electric Telegraph company, BT’s ultimate ancestor company and the world’s first national telecoms network provider; tens of thousands of historical images including streets scenes dating back to the mid nineteenth century; hundreds of policy files dating to the 1840s on all aspects of UK and international telecoms services by BT and its predecessors; and other public records produced before the privatisation of BT which are held under the Public Records Acts.

Source: Street Insider

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