WARNING! Large scale digitisation in progress: Puke Ariki’s Swainson/Woods Collection

A session at NDF2013

  • Andrew Moffat
  • Milly Mitchell-Anyon

Tuesday 26th November, 2013

2:00pm to 2:25pm (NZMT)

Puke Ariki’s Swainson-Woods Collection is an extraordinary snapshot of Taranaki history spanning eight decades. Comprising 110,000 negatives, it is the work of New Plymouth based commercial photography firms Swainson’s Studios and Bernard Woods Studio. The collection, primarily made up of studio portraiture, is a remarkable record of what our community values. From family portraits to weddings, formal group photographs to candid shots of social occasions, the photographs document a myriad of life events that add depth and colour to our memories.

Work preserving, cataloguing and digitising the collection to make it available online began in 2007. While the critical foundation work of preservation and cataloguing is complete, until July this year only a fraction of the collection had been digitised. But now all that is changing. With funding secured a team of technicians is well into the first year of a projected three-year work programme to digitise the images.

This presentation will give a candid look at the trials and triumphs of this large scale digitisation project, providing lessons learned, cautionary tales and inspiration for others facing down their own digitisation demons. It will also look ahead to the future of the collection, and canvass current community engagement measures, pose questions about current digital delivery methods and the future use of the collection.


About the speakers

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Andrew Moffat

Andrew Moffat is Manager Heritage at Puke Ariki.

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Milly Mitchell-Anyon

Milly Mitchell-Anyon is Swainson/Woods digital coordinator at Puke Ariki.

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Time 2:00pm2:25pm NZMT

Date Tue 26th November 2013


Rangimarie 2, Te Papa Tongarewa

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