FBHVC partner with heritage digitisation specialists Genus to transform archives within the historic vehicle community
We are delighted to announce we have formed a commercial partnership with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) to offer a bespoke digitisation service to the many organisations; museums, clubs, engineering companies and individuals who need to preserve their records safe and secure but equally importantly, make them accessible to the broad spectrum of enthusiasts.
Over the past couple of years, guidance around managing, preserving and future proofing archives and records within the historic vehicle community has become an increasingly important area that the Federation has worked on in support of member clubs, museums and heritage organisations.
The work began with the publication of the Federation’s ‘Essential Guide to Archiving’ booklet that can be downloaded from www.fbhvc.co.uk which has empowered a number of clubs to take control of their archiving by building effective inventories and catalogues of material that they hold. This process has also helped organisations to understand areas where they have duplications or omissions.
The next step for many vehicle clubs has been to consider the digitisation of that content, both for reasons of preservation and security but also, if they wish, to derive maximum value from artefacts by making them more widely accessible as a benefit of club membership. This is where the new partnership between the FBHVC and Genus creates an invaluable offering for the historic vehicle community.
Andy Bye, Archives Director for the FBHVC explains,
“Digitisation can take many forms and is a complex subject. Therefore, the last thing any club wants to do is commit time, money, and resource into doing the wrong thing only to find they need to redo it in years to come. We have formed a commercial partnership with Genus, allowing clubs to have an immediate dialogue with digitisation experts who can advise and guide them on the best next steps for their club thereby avoiding expensive mistakes.”
About the FBHVC:
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) globally
There are over 500 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to museum, individual and trade supporters. All directors operate in a voluntary capacity supported by our secretary.
At Genus we are already well established in the historic vehicle community, having worked on digitisation projects for British Racing Motors, the Rootes Archive Centre Trust, Riley, British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. Clients such as these and hundreds more from the wider heritage sector, have enabled us to develop a robust methodology. This is supported by ISO 27001 Information Security and ISO9001 Quality Management System certifications, which allows us to focus on the conservation of material through to the final digital output.
We also sell a complete range of book, photo, document and film negative scanning equipment, fully supported by our team of engineers. This allows us to help clubs set up their own digitisation facilities, enabling volunteers to contribute to digitisation projects if so desired.
Paul Negus, Managing Director at Genus says,
“We can either digitise your unique content for you at our Nuneaton studios, or we can sell or rent you the necessary equipment for you and your volunteers to conduct the digitisation at your own premises. For either option you would have our consultation, help and advice free-of-charge as a Federation member.”
In 2022 we will be hosting a number of free of charge workshops at our Nuneaton headquarters to both educate and demonstrate our digitisation processes and equipment including a tour of our studios. All members of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs are warmly welcome. Please sign up to our monthly newsletter to keep up to date with our latest events and news at https://www.genusit.com/blog/imaging-archving-news/
More information can be found by visiting https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/genus or www.fbhvc.co.uk