The digitisation of the Grenada archives is an extremely important project, both to protect the very fragile and ‘endangered’ material, and to open up access to some incredible information and history.
“The project focuses on digitising 132 volumes of deed records and local government correspondence which provide a crucial source for understanding the major political, social and economic transformations of the Southern Caribbean. These rare sources can also be used to reconstruct the experiences of the everyday and subaltern lives.”
Today, I met with Camillo Stewart, the project photographer, and Dr. Curtis Jacobs, the project leader. Camillo showed me some of the work that has already been carried out, and the set up which they are using. Currently, the project is using a Nikon D700 to capture the images.
On Monday I will be presenting to the team, and some invited guests from the Grenadian Government, on the importance of digitisation, and what we do back in the UK. Hopefully, Dr. Jacobs and his team will be able to expand their work, and digitsise a whole host of other material, that is in desperate need of attention.
Dr. Laurence Brown of the University of Manchester, who acquired the funds for the project from the British Library, will be joining me, and we will be holding a workshop on best practice for digitisation. Hopefully, we will also be teleconferencing with other islands in the area, advising them on similar digitsation bids.