Added on 10 March 2021

KEEP bannerEast Sussex and Brighton and Hove Record Office (ESBHRO) have joined the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) this month, becoming the Coalition’s newest Associate Member.

ESBHRO is responsible for the preservation of the historical record of both its county and city, with records including born digital and digitised. Their holdings are maintained at The Keep archive centre in Brighton on the south coast of England, run as a partnership between East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the University of Sussex.  

Ceris Howard, who is Team Manager for Archive Services and The Keep at ESBHRO, is also responsible for the corporate digital preservation strategy for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and works with the Records Management Service and colleagues from across ESCC to promote and find solutions for digital storage, access and retention.

She says: “Our challenges are related to funding, experience and capacity within the team in order to support our digital preservation work. Collaborating with other organisations to explore the potential of digital preservation to not only protect our collections, but to enhance them, is therefore invaluable for us at this time.”

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC, was delighted to welcome ESBHRO to the Coalition, saying: “Local and regional archives do such important work for our communities, and it is critical that their digital information is valued and preserved for future generations. I look forward to working with them enormously; sharing our own expertise from within the DPC membership whilst learning new perspectives and experiences from the ESBHRO team.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate and catalyst 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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