Our prize winning Canvey Community Archive (www.canveyisland.org) website has been nominated to be included in the British Library’s ‘UK Web Archive’. We are now assured that the ten years of hard work collecting Canvey History, some 4,500 pages, will be preserved and made available for future generations.
Canvey Island is a unique place, with a unique history, the Dutch Cottage Museum is 400 years old next year, 400 years of Dutch history. The close ties to the Netherlands continue to this day with our shared experience of the Great Flood of 1953. The vast majority of the Islands physical history such as the Ozonia Hotel, Oysterfleet Lighthouse and the Chapman Lighthouse, have long since gone. We must not lose anymore of our history.
This is a quote from the webarchive’s email to the Canvey Community Archive:
The British Library would like to archive your website in the UK Web Archive and to make it publicly available. The UK Web Archive was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain and across the web, responding to the challenge of a digital black hole in the nations memory. It contains specially selected websites that represent different aspects of UK heritage on the web, as well as important global events. We work closely with leading international institutions to collect and permanently preserve the web, and the open UK Web Archive can be seen at http://www.webarchive.org.uk/.
Our site is not yet live on the UK Web Archive but we have been informed that it is in the process of being added but due to the high number of sites this may take some time. It will then be captured twice a year.
Update: Our site is now live