Edinburgh City Archives appeals for help deciding how city will be remembered

By Guest, 22 August 2018 - 10:55am

Edinburgh City Archives are asking the public to share their opinions on how they should record modern-day life in the Edinburgh Remembers Consultation

Edinburgh City Archives consultation
Edinburgh City Archives is holding a public consultation on how the city will be remembered (Credit: Bildagentur-online/UIG via Getty Images)

Edinburgh City Archives is asking the public to help decide its future and how the modern city should be recorded for generations to come.

The archive is asking residents, visitors, community groups and other organisations what cultural content should be preserved that reflects the Scottish capital in the modern world.

Due to the growth of social media and the Internet, the Edinburgh Remembers consultation wants to find out how people would like to access records from the past as well as what should be preserved from Edinburgh today.

“Our archives are not just about how old records are, it’s about the information they have in them – you can find out how the people of Edinburgh worked and lived. So, it is vital that we ask the people of Edinburgh what we should keep," said councillor Donald Wilson, culture and communities convener.

“Archives can have a powerful effect upon people, organisations, and communities – helping them maintain a sense of identity and history. They also help us understand why things are the way they are – so we can avoid the mistakes of the past and identify and celebrate untold heroes.”

The Archives have over 4km of shelving holding documents dating back to 1124.

However, digital records such as PDFs, images, sound and video files are increasingly becoming as important as physical records.

The consultation launched on Monday 13 August and will run until Friday 26 October.

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