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Digital Preservation


Welcome to the Modern Record Centre's guide to digital preservation. We have a digital preservation policy which explains what we aim to do and how we approach digital preservation. These web pages give more detail on how you as a creator can be a part of the preservation process.

The Modern Records Centre exists to preserve and make available resources for the study of British social, political and economic history. These resources are now increasingly digital documents, spreadsheets, emails, web pages and all the things familiar to us as part of our digital lives.


But it’s all backed up isn’t it? But is it? And where and by whom? Have you ever clicked on a link and got a “Page not found" message? Have you tried to open a file and found it was corrupted or in a format that couldn’t be read? Have you ever accidentally deleted a file? Or just couldn’t find it? These are all real issues for us as we try and ensure we have as rich a resource about late twentieth and twenty first century events as we do about those of earlier periods.


Digital can be fragile but there is a lot we can do to help prevent the loss of our digital heritage. If you are creating any digital content that you want to be available for the future then explore the links below which give guidelines on how best to create and manage your files.

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 Creating Your Files  Organising Your Files  Describing Your Files
Creating Your Files Organising Your Files  Describing Your Files
Storing Your Files Depositing Your Files  Resources and Reference
Storing Your Files Depositing Your Files Resources and Reference