Added on 30 May 2019

The DPC is delighted to announce that communications services provider BT has joined the Coalition as an Associate Member this month.

Preserving the history of BT and its predecessors, BT Heritage & Archives is the custodian of the Group’s corporate memory – both physical and digital. The Archive, which is recognised by UNESCO and Arts Council England as being of international importance, showcases Britain’s role in the development of telecommunications and the impact of the technology on society. Part of the digital collection includes digitised material available online - an extraordinary array of documents, images, plans, photographs and correspondence. There are also key digital records created by the company more recently that will enter the collection. These records chart innovations from the company’s recent past to today, such as the launch of the 5G network this year.

“As we prepare to celebrate BT’s 175th anniversary in 2021, we are keen to ensure the ongoing legacy of BT as the world’s first communications provider and celebrate the innovation and technology that has kept the company at the forefront of communications since it was founded in 1846” explains Heritage Collections Manager, Anne Archer. “We look forward to benefitting from the expertise of the DPC’s members and team, as well as learning from the external perspectives and experiences of an impartial support network.”

Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride was delighted to welcome BT to the Coalition saying: “With BT joining the Coalition, we welcome not just a new organisation but a new sector to the DPC. We recognise that digital preservation is a universal challenge to organisations and individuals around the world, and we know that working together means we can share approaches and expertise. I look forward to working with BT on this shared challenge enormously, and hope to learn a great deal from the new perspective they bring.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy.

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