Nominations to the newly-established UK Memory of the World Register are being sought for documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.
The UK Register is part of the international UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Memory of the World programme, which promotes access to the world's archive holdings and library collections, as well as their preservation. The UK Memory of the World Register will help highlight some of the UK's exceptional, but lesser-known documentary riches by awarding them with the globally-recognised Memory of the World status.
Nominations to the Register will be considered against criteria including authenticity, rarity, integrity, threat and social, spiritual or community significance. The Register will be administered by the UK Memory of the World Working Group through the UK National Commission for UNESCO, which is the focal point in the UK for UNESCO-related policies and activities.
David Dawson, Chair of the UK Memory of the World Working Group and Director of the Wiltshire Heritage Museum said, The launch of the UK Register is the start of an exceptional opportunity to spotlight documentary heritage which has left its mark on the people and history of the UK. Through the UK Register we hope to encourage people to discover the rich and diverse documentary heritage near them.
The UK Register will complement the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, which is a catalogue of documentary heritage of global significance and outstanding universal value. Other country-level Memory of the World Registers also exist around the globe, helping to promote documentary heritage of local significance. Together, these registers are the public face of UNESCO's Memory of the World programme, which promotes access to the world's archive holdings and library collections, as well as their preservation.
The deadline for the first round of nominations to the UK Memory of the World Register is 8 January 2010. The first inscriptions to the Register will be made in spring 2010.
For further information on the UNESCO Memory of the World programme and for full nomination criteria and relevant forms, visit the UNESCO website.