The British Library and us!

We’re delighted to tell you that we’ve been approached by Nicola Bingham, the Lead Curator (Web Archive) for the British Library. The Library would like to archive our site, meaning that even if we cannot continue to fund and maintain the website in the future, those awfully nice people there will keep an archive of its latest state for national interest. That they consider our little site a candidate for careful archiving is really quite touching, and may we here thank the surprising numbers of visitors – usually between one and two thousand per month drop by; your interest has made our work most rewarding.

The UK Web Archive
was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain and across the web, responding to the challenge of a digital black hole in the nation’s memory. It contains specially selected websites that represent different aspects of UK heritage on the web, as well as important global events. The British Library works closely with leading international institutions to collect and permanently preserve the web, and the open UK Web Archive can be seen at
http://www.webarchive.org.uk/.

The Library’s offer means that should our website disappear for whatever reason, the online history of the Grange Theatre is guaranteed in perpetuity. We do still hold the physical documentary and photographic archive which we hope some day will be accepted by the Oxfordshire Library’s social archive for safe keeping.

As regular visitors to this site must by now be aware, we’ve had very little additional material offered to us lately and so it may be that the site is now pretty well completed (bar unforseen future donations, plus quite a few photographs on here, currently – and optimistically – marked “awaiting caption”).

As always, we welcome any queries you may have and will respond quickly. Please see our Contact page for details of how to get in touch.