FOTM2016 Memories Fade

The National Fairground Archive and the University Library’s Special Collections are very pleased to present ‘Memories in the Digital Age: Project, Protect and Preserve’ on this year’s Festival of the Mind.

This project will be open to the public from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th September, between 10.00am and 5.00pm, with a late night opening on Wednesday 21st.

'Memories in the Digital Age' will invite you to consider the impact that new technologies have in the way we all currently record our collective memories and the consequences this could have on the archives of the future.
This thought provoking installation aims to open up a debate on digital preservation with the wider community, by exploring the effects of the creation of digital archives on our cultural heritage, reflecting on the transition of media from early to contemporary formats and the use of mobile technologies. Visitors will be prompted to reflect on the challenges of preserving personal and collective memories, the fragility of digital born collections, technological obsolescence and their personal legacy to future generations.

The project will showcase samples of the University Library collections while celebrating the long tradition of the creative sector in Sheffield through the role of early film pioneers such as Fred Holmes, Jasper Redfern and Frank Mottershaw.

This project is the result of a collaboration with Paul Carruthers, whose creative input has been key in conveying current challenges on digital preservation in an imaginative and engaging way.

Paul Carruthers is a long standing, Sheffield born artist and designer with over 20 years of experience in lighting, furniture design and manufacturing and fine art practices. One of his best known works is ‘Torches’ on the gate posts at the entrance to Globe Works, Penistone Road. Paul has won several awards for his lighting design including the Lighting Association’s Lighting Show Design Award.