Professor Winters joins UNESCO’s UK Memory of the World Committee

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Jane Winters, professor of digital humanities at the School of Advanced Study, has been appointed to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Committee. She joins a team of expert librarians, archivists and academics who assess applications to join the UK Memory of the World Register and the International Memory of the World Register, online catalogues that highlight culturally significant archives.

The UK-based documents the international register recognises for their global importance include the Magna Carta. Meanwhile, the UK Memory of the World Register honours documentary and audio-visual heritage of national and regional significance, such as the Death Warrant of King Charles I, the Domesday Book, the 1689 Bill of Rights and the surviving nine of the ten silent films made by Alfred Hitchcock between 1925 and 1929.

Both registers are part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme which was set up in 1992. It is designed to promote preservation of and access to the world’s archive holdings and library collections, as well as to raise awareness of their role in shaping our world and the importance of preserving them for future generations. Professor Winters will serve from 1 July 2017–30 June 2021.