Memory of the World

For the protection and promotion of our documentary and audiovisual heritage for posterity

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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.

Wider Value to the UK

Representatives from the 13 collections that were surveyed for this project generated an estimated £183,565 from April 2014 to March 2015 through their association with UNESCO

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