NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications

The Digital Preservation Awards is a world-wide celebration of the achievements of people and organisations who make significant and innovative contributions to ensure our generation’s digital legacy will be available tomorrow. The awards ceremony took place at the Wellcome Trust, London on Wednesday 30 November and Rambert is delighted that Transforming Archives/Opening Up Scotland’s Archives won the award the NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications.

Transforming Archives and Opening Up Scotland’s Archives are three-year projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, working in parallel to change the skills base of the archives sector across England and Scotland. Rambert is a host partner of the project.

Rambert is the only dance company to have been selected to host three year-long Transforming Archives trainees. Rambert’s traineeships happen on subsequent years and each have had a special focus. In 2014-15 our first trainee Adele helped us find and catalogue digital images in our repertory. Adele has since gone on to work at the University of the Arts London archive and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust archive.

Our second trainee, Claire, focused on getting our records of former dancers in order. She’s now recording oral histories from our dancers which will appear on our website soon. Our current trainee Georgina is helping schools make the most of Rambert’s rich archive. I’m a member of the Transforming Archives project board and so am delighted to see that this fresh approach to breaking down the obstacles to broadening out the skills of the archives sector has been recognised by the NCDD award.

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Arike Oke shows The Queen displays in the Rambert Archive © Benedict Johnson Photography Ltd

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