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Friends,
 
Over the past few months, we've been working on digitising more and more of the libraries’ rare collections. In this cycle of digitisation work, our focus is two-fold. We continue to archive newspapers and gazettes - but with a specific focus on materials from the 1950s and later that are not available as digital editions elsewhere.
The libraries' photographic collection is also being digitised during this phase. Dating as far back as the late 1800s, it contains some candid portraits of life as well as the advent of colonisation.
The photographs include glass plate negatives that are fragile with a chunk lost due to breakage, mould and climate change damage.
Ultimately, we look towards having these photographs join the library’s online archive, which you can now access below!
Visit the archive here!
We dey learn!
To kickstart this process, we hosted a digital training workshop with digitisation guru, Chao Tayiana, Founder of African Digital Heritage and Co-Founder of Museum of British Colonialism. Chao took us through the digitisation process and taught our team what to look out for. Asante sana Chao!
 
Some of the things had to pay special attention to include; historical data accuracy, photograph ownership, accuracy of the dates on the photographs, ethics of care and revised descriptions, for example; this photo describing a region in Mombasa however, the image is of a station in Londiani.
A network of supportive partners
Our warmest thanks to British Council's Cultural Protection Fund and to the Modern Endangered Archives Program at the UCLA Library for making this phase of our digitisation at  #NRBLibraries possible.

Asanteni sana!
 
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