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Audiovisual (AV) media should be identified and stored appropriately. Identification details should be passed on to us if transferred. Different types of AV media should be identified with as much detail as possible, format, brand etc.

A high level of care is required to preserve your audio and video recordings for the future. If a suitable level of care is not possible, we should be informed and transfer to us may be necessary.

If there are any collections or items of media that you are particularly worried about, a visit from a member of Archives’ preservation team can be arranged to assess whether immediate deposit is required.

The following guidelines cover best practise when handling and storing AV media. However, there are many generations and types of media and if any questions are left unanswered please contact us for advice.