Preserving audiovisual records

The Archives holds approximately 860,000 audiovisual records which occupy 7.6 per cent of the shelf space. The holdings include motion picture film, video and audio records created by Commonwealth broadcasting authorities and other agencies.

Audiovisual records are among the most at risk in our holdings. Motion picture film, audio and video recordings can deteriorate rapidly when not stored in appropriate environmental conditions. Audiovisual materials need active care and optimal storage conditions for long-term preservation.

Technological obsolescence is also a major factor affecting the continued accessibility of all audiovisual formats. While the physical items may last in appropriate storage conditions, the equipment and technology required to play the items may have become obsolete and unavailable.

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