The Caribbean Branch of the International of Archives (CARBICA) in conjunction with the National Archives, St. Kitts & Nevis hosted the region’s first low-cost digitisation workshop at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus, St. Kitts & Nevis in April 2017. This workshop, funded by International Fund for the Development of Archives (FIDA) was entitled, “Preserving Your Memories in a Digital World”. It was designed for the citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis as well as members of CARBICA in neighbouring territories.
By the end of the workshop, participants understood the importance of keeping archives with a special focus on personal photographs and archival documents. They were exposed to:
- Main issues in the care, handling and preservation of original photographs and archival documents
- The need for disaster management and ideal environmental conditions for storing original photographs and archival documents
- Basic requirements of how to digitise and make accessible personal photographs and archival documents
- Legal compliance issues with implications for personal and organisational recordkeeping in the digital world
- The importance of sharing and depositing personal photographs and archival documents of national significance with their National Archives
The skills acquired at the workshop served to raise the profile of the National Archives, St. Kitts & Nevis and other regional archives by highlighting their vital role within society. It is hoped that this and other initiatives will assist with creating a stronger preservation culture and archival tradition among the citizenry of St. Kitts & Nevis and the region at large.
Image: One of seven of the low-cost digitisation stations in use at the workshop.