UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register is a catalogue of the world’s most prized documentary and audiovisual heritage.
The Memory of the World Programme seeks to encourage universal access to our documentary history. It also looks to raise awareness of its role in shaping the world we live in today and the importance of preserving it for future generations.
The International Memory of the World Register recognises documentary heritage of global significance and includes UK-based documents such as the Magna Carta. The UK Memory of the World Register honours documentary heritage of national and regional significance and includes documents such as the Death Warrant of King Charles I.
The UK Memory of the World Committee is a voluntary team of expert, UK-based librarians and archivists, who administer and review applications to the Registers.
Memory of the World Collections in the UK
In this policy brief, the UKNC considers where UNESCO's Recommendation on protecting documentary heritage fits within existing structures in the UK and outlines key considerations for the UK in taking the Recommendation forward, offering best practice examples of effective work in this space.
The process to join the UK Memory of the World Register runs bi-annually and is coordinated by the UK UNESCO Memory of the World Committee, a voluntary committee of leading UK librarians and archivists.