While this has been an great honour for us, and one we didn’t expect, we have recently been notified of another success which puts Lochgelly in the history books. The British Library has been in contact with us to notify us that the site will be regularly archived as part of the UK Web Archive.
The UK Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation.
The UK Web Archive is maintained by the British Library in partnership with the National Library of Wales, JISC and The Wellcome Library, with past invovlement by the National Archive and the National Library of Scotland. Special collections is also created in the archive through working with the Live Art Development Agency, The Society of Friends Library, Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University and other key institutions.
There are millions of UK websites. They are constantly changing and even disappearing. Often they contain information that is only available online. Responding to the challenge of a potential “digital black hole” the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard as many of these websites as practical. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and give permanent access to key UK websites for future generations.
Archiving will begin shortly, and regardless of what happens to this site in future, various snapshots of the entire site will always be freely available, including all articles, and most importantly (for us anyway), all the images we have published of Lochgelly.
When we initially set-up the site, we felt it was important to document the changes in Lochgelly through photographs, and we were always saddened that most historical images of Lochgelly are in short supply.
Although the images we publish are modern, they will be historic in just a few generations, and with the archiving of the site by the British Library, we now know that these images will be freely available for future generations to use, and who knows, some of the pictures of local residents at the Gala will find their way into the history books of Lochgelly in a 100 years time, as a snapshot of our present times.
This is testament to all the local residents and community groups that have shown us support since we first launched in 2010, and we hope we can continue on your support, and keep providing local information of interest to the community. Thank you all 😉