Saving our 'moving stories' held on tape
A significant percentage of moving image is held on magnetic tape, a format that is rapidly becoming obsolete. Tape that is not digitised by 2025 will, in most cases, be lost forever.
The NFSA is working with cultural institutions across Australia to create a National Framework for Digitisation of Audiovisual Collections – a collaborative approach to the mass-digitsation of our heritage. This initiative is in addition to the daily work our specialists undertake to preserve collection of magnetic tape and other materials.
As Assistant Video Preservation Specialist Richard Vorobieff explains, our preservation efforts will ensure that content on tape – including classic popular TV series like Number 96, The Box, Homicide and A Country Practice – will continue to be protected and accessible to all Australians: