Added on 16 October 2023

HCC logoThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome Hampshire County Council as its latest Associate Member.  Incorporating Hampshire Archives and Wessex Film and Sound Archive (WFSA), Hampshire County Council preserves and provides access to archives relating to Hampshire, as well as film and sound material relating to central southern England, which bring Hampshire’s history to life. Holding over 22,000 cinefilms and video recordings, more than 16,000 sound recordings, and 1 million entries in its online catalogue of records in all formats, the County Council is also embarking on a 3-year project which aims to generate additions to born-digital contemporary collections. 


The County Council’s Executive Lead for Regulatory Services, Councillor Russell Oppenheimer said: “We are delighted to join the Digital Preservation Coalition. The County Council’s service is in a position where it will be able to greatly benefit from the DPC’s expertise, advice and support, supporting our commitment to the preservation of Hampshire’s heritage, making it more accessible for our customers, as well as safeguarding history for future generations.” 

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC, welcomed the County Council to the Coalition, saying: “As an organization which bridges history and media, regional archives such as Hampshire Archives, and Wessex Film and Sound Archive, take a vital position to safeguard our cultural heritage for our communities now, and in the future. We look forward to working together with Hampshire County Council on achieving their current goals and sharing expertise from within the DPC membership.” 

The DPC is an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its 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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