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Innovative Audiotape Device Designed In-house
Keeping our AV cogs turning
Our engineering section archives and maintains the devices and ancillary machines that are needed to play back the sound and vision recorded on the 55,000 hours of video and audio held on magnetic tape in the collection.
Digitising the AIATSIS lantern slide collections
Lantern slides are a unique format that were in wide use from the 18th to mid-20th century and allowed glass photographic transparencies to be displayed using a magic lantern projector.
Photographing large paintings in the Stanner Room
CollectionDigitisationArtArtefact19 Jun 2018 Colin MacDougall
Now that four of the largest paintings in the AIATSIS Collection have been digitised, we have extremely detailed, colour accurate digital reproductions preserved for the future.
Audiovisual Heritage of Torres Strait Singing and Dancing
DigitisationFilmCollectionMusicDanceTorres Strait Islander cultureTorres Strait Islands27 Oct 2017 Kelly Wiltshire
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage raises awareness about the importance and vulnerability of audiovisual collections. For AIATSIS the content at risk includes recordings of Aboriginal cultural, social and political life from the 1940s to early 2000s.
Beginning to heal; the National Sorry Day Committee working papers
National ApologyNational Sorry Day CommitteeSorry DayCollectionDigitisation1 May 2017 Fiona Blackburn
Reverend John Brown’s donation of his National Sorry Day Committee working papers is available for use at AIATSIS. The Committee worked tirelessly from the release of the Bringing them home report in 1997, to 2008, to coordinate Sorry Day activities and so start a journey of healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The papers convey the work that, in Reverend Brown’s experience, became totally consuming.
AIATSIS digitisation specialists visit New Zealand
Cultural heritageDigitisationNew ZealandTe PapaDigital24 Feb 2017 Daniel Walding
Senior Digitisation Technicians, Daniel Walding & Daryl Ciubal, recently travelled to Wellington to participate in the National Digital Forum (NDF2016) and visited the digitisation programs at Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Library of New Zealand.