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UK Memory of the World Register

  1. UK Register Inscriptions

Nominations for the UK Memory of the World Register closed on Friday 17 January 2014.

Are your collections something to shout about? Why not tell the world?

The first inscriptions to the UK Memory of the World Register were announced in July 2010 to highlight documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK. The UK Register helps raise awareness of some of the UK’s exceptional, but lesser-known documentary riches by awarding them with the globally-recognised Memory of the World status. As of 2013, there are 41 items and collections on the UK Register.

Anyone can make a nomination and all archive formats are eligible, including digital and audiovisual documents. Nominations to the UK Register will be considered against a range of criteria including authenticity, rarity, integrity, threat and social, spirtiual or community significance.

The UK Register complements the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, which is a catalogue of documentary heritage of global significance and outstanding universal value. Country-level Memory of the World Registers exist around the globe, helping to promote documentary heritage of local significance. Together, these registers are the public face of UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme.

What's the value of the Memory of the World programme?

Two recent reports have highlighted the benefits to documentary heritage under the scheme.

Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK 2012-13

UNESCO Memory of the World: What is its value? - Report and presentation by Andrew Green, June 2013

For more information on the criteria for nominations, see the documents sidebar.

Select from the headings below to learn about the existing register inscriptions and making a nomination to the UK Register.

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2012 UK Memory of the World Register
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On 9 July 2013 eleven items and collections became the third round of inscriptions to the UK Memory of the World Register, a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.
2011 UK Memory of the World Register
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On 23 May 2011 twenty items and collections became the second round of inscriptions to the UK Memory of the World Register, a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.
2010 UK Memory of the World Register
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On 14 July 2010 ten items and collections became the first inscriptions to the UK Memory of the World Register, a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.


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