The Digital Preservation Awards 2018, leading organisations and practitioners of digital preservation took place as part of an International Conference hosted by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network for World Digital Preservation Day on Thursday 29th November 2018.
The IFI Irish Film Archive saw off entries from the White House Historical Association, the UK Parliamentary Archives and the Local Authority Consortium of West Sussex Records Office, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre to claim The Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy with their exceptional project to preserve the rare Loopline collection of Irish cultural documentaries.
The Loopline Conservation Project is a large scale conservation, cataloguing and preservation project focusing on the output of Loopline one of Ireland’s most important independent production companies, run by filmmaker Se Merry Doyle. The collection provides an unparalleled record of key areas of Irish history and arts from the 1990s to the present day, documenting a transition in Irish society pre- Celtic tiger and post economic crash. In addition to material chronicling the rapid social and economic change in Ireland during the late 20th century it includes interviews with international cultural figures such as Margaret Atwell, Martin Scorsese & Maureen O’Hara.
Full details about the project can be read here