BT Archives has been working with Coventry University and The National Archives in a mass digitisation project to increase access hugely to BT’s archives.

The collection as a whole, recognised by UNESCO and Arts Council England for its national and international significance, details the history of Britain’s leading role in the development of telecommunications and the impact of this technology on society.

Funded by JISC, the project has catalogued, digitised and developed the next generation digital surrogates of almost half a million photographs, images, documents and correspondence assembled by BT and its predecessors over 165 years, and a core part of the overall archive.

We are hosting 2 FREE seminars: London and Coventry

At the seminars we will show you how we worked together to make this happen, the challenges we faced when digitising the images and records, and the ways we used innovative gaming technology to bring the digitised archives to the public in an exciting new way.

Teachers, students, researchers and the general public in the UK and overseas will have unprecedented access to our scientific and cultural telecommunications heritage, enabling them to utilise the archive for studies and leisure from anywhere in the world.

You’ll learn about the work of the academics on the project team to incorporate case studies on linguistics, problem -based learning scenarios and design to enhance the learning experience of users.


LONDON: Digitisation – Bringing BT Digital Archives to a computer near you

This seminar is particularly aimed at heritage practitioners interested in digitisation projects

Date and Time: 15th May 2013, 1pm – 4pm

Location: London Campus, Coventry University, East India House, 109-117 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF

REGISTER and read more here:

Or email Darshna Patel at [email protected]

COVENTRY: BT Digital Archives: Ready for Action

This seminar is particularly aimed at academics and other researchers

Date and Time: 21st May 2013, 1pm – 4.30pm

Location: Serious Games Institute,  Coventry University Technology Park, Cheetah Road, Coventry, CV1 2TL

REGISTER and read more here:

Or email Darshna Patel at [email protected]


JISC funding has made it possible for Coventry University, BT and The National Archives to bring together their unique expertise to make this happen.