International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property


Recorded sounds and images are an integral part of our daily lives and play an important role in our heritage. These materials educate, inspire, and shape our views about the past, present and future.

Cultural and memory institutions often have valuable sound and image collections but lack the skills and resources to safeguard them and provide access. Audiovisual content is frequently trapped in obsolete formats (e.g. video cassettes) due to lack of opportunity to migrate to modern formats.

Even as audio and visual collections grow exponentially, the resources available to the institutions that care for them remain fixed. Unless urgent action is taken, most sound and image heritage from the last century will disappear.


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