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  • Digitising the AV Archive
    The fire was a devastating tragedy that resulted in a massive loss of unique local material. The Audiovisual Archive (AVA) used to live in the basement, so it escaped the flames. I was concerned about water damage, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that most buildings aim […]
  • Video Restoration Television (VRTV) Audio-Visual Project at UCT
    By Susan Harris Susan Harris is a Director at VRTV, Bladeworks post production facilities for TV, digital, advertising and film projects and campaigns VRTV are thrilled to be involved with the restoration and digitisation of the audio-visual material that was salvaged from the Jagger Library in April 2021, as well […]
  • Recovery and Capacity Building in Special Collections
    by Michal Singer, Principal Archivist, Special Collections Recovery is a slow process. It requires patience; underpinned by a careful and methodical process of intake of all salvaged materials at our new recovery premises in Mowbray. It involves planning for the future – in an environment where everything needs to be […]
  • I shall never forget 2021
    by Glynnis Johnson, Principal Librarian (Commerce and CHED), UCT Libraries For me, it shall be remembered as the year of death, loss, love, fire, air and water. These symbols point to the major events in my life in 2021. On the 5th of March 2021 my husband, Lucian Brent Johnson, […]
  • One Book’s Conservation Journey
    by Lara Kemp Reusch, senior book conservator at DK Conservators, tasked with restoring the surviving Rare Books Collection of the University of Cape Town Libraries’ Special Collections salvaged after the Jagger fire in April 2021. I had gotten used to being met with blank stares when I told people I […]