Public history centre hopes to get the records straight

Digital archives must balance outreach, financial viability and scholarship, Matthew Reisz hears Researchers at a new centre devoted to public history have warned that spending cuts and ill-conceived digitisation programmes pose a major threat to the archives essential to much academic work. Kingston University's Centre for the Historical Record was launched with the aim of promoting "collaborative research, knowledge exchange and discussion between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public". A conference held to…