[Bell Historians] Flitwick, Bedfordshire - Bell refurbishment DVD

Richard Smith richard at ex-parrot.com
Thu Sep 19 15:47:32 BST 2013

It seems quite common for towers to produce a DVD or book 
documenting a recent restoration; and it's very nice that 
they do.  But what, if any, steps are taken to ensure copies 
are preserved for future generations of historians?

Books, in these situations, are usually produced using an 
on-demand print service -- we used bonusprint.co.uk for the 
one we did at GSM -- so copies won't routinely end up in the 
copyright libraries.  DVDs are even easier to produce in the 
quantities likely to be required, and can be made on a home 
computer.  Is it normal for copies of these sorts of books 
and DVDs to end up in the local reference libraries or 
county archives?  I somehow doubt it, but I don't really 

Not all the territorial associations have libraries, and 
those that do are often struggling to find places to house 
them; I don't get the impression that many have a 
particularly active aquisitions policy, so I doubt they 
usually end up with copies.  Nor have I seen any evidence 
that the CC library is actively acquiring such material, and 
for reasons of space it may not be feasible for it to do so.

I'm not sure what the solution is, nor even whether there's 
really a problem requiring a solution, but I am concerned 
that the ease with which such material is produced may be 
resulting in a blasé attitude towards its preservation.



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