The BBC Archive now contains over 15 Petabytes (single copy) of uncompressed audio-visual files that have been created from videotapes since 2007. This process is still on-going, creating an ever growing file-based collection of the BBC's television history. This is of course in addition to the new content now being produced that begins life as files. This paper focuses on the technical aspects of the digital preservation of the file-based historical television collection and looks at how this currently isolated collection may later interface with other systems and collections. Consideration is given to what has been achieved so far, some lessons learnt, and the future challenges.

This document was originally published in the proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (“iPRES”), Lisbon, September 2013.