Preserving the Television Archive

Preserving the Television Archive

An interview with Adrian Williams, BBC Preservation Manager

Adrian Williams, the BBC's Preservation Manager, explains how the BBC keeps its archive safe for future generations to enjoy.


What does preservation involve?

We do undertake restoration of individual programmes, but that's not really what we're about. What preservation is trying to achieve is a transformation from a physical archive of film and cassette to a file-based archive sitting on computers. To get through the vast amount of material we have here, we have to adopt a factory-style process of preservation, where we simply shovel cassettes and programmes in through this process and then spit out digital files of very, very high quality.

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