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Visiting ARKive in Bristol

19 March, 2009 - 16:38 -- John Burton

Tuesday was a long day. Setting off at 07:30 I drove to Bristol, accompanied by Toby Gibson who looks after our IT, and Kristina Turner, who is just completing an internship with the WLT. Kristina had gathered up all of our videos, made over the past 20 years, together with miscellaneous DVDs, tapes and other moving images. The purpose of our visit was to deliver these to Derek Kilkenny-Blake who runs the Wild Film History project (part of ARKive), where they will be archived. We will also be getting digital copies of this material, and from this we will be able to create a short video history of the World Land Trust for showing art some of the events we are holding over the next year, as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.

It is probably the first time that a conservation organisation has documented its projects from the year of its creation, and deposited copies in a major archive. No one really knows how this will be used in the future. Former BBC cameraman and producer, Dan Freeman (who has also been a supporter of the WLT since its foundation) is helping put together a history of the WLT, and in due course we hope to have this in a downloadable format on our website.

After the two hour meeting, we had a tour of the Wildscreen and ARKive offices and it was time to return to Suffolk -- another five hour return journey. But it was well worth the effort. The ARKive activities are very exciting, and there is a mass of information on their website which could be really helpful to conservationists. We will certainly be trying to find ways of providing more data to them.

Wednesday was much quiter. After opening up the 80 emails awaiting me, just internal meetings ready for the Council meeeting being held in London on Thursday (today).

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