Examining the preservation of photographs in Namirembe Cathedral, archive and Resource Centre
Nanozi, Annet Claire
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The aim of the study was to examine the preservation of photographs at Namirembe Cathedral Archive and Resource Centre. The objectives of the study were to identify the types of photographic materials and associated threats at Namirembe Archive and Resource Centre, examine the methods used in preserving photographs at the Centre, find out the challenges faced in preserving photographs at Namirembe Archive and to suggest ways to improve the preservation of photographs in N amirembe Cathedral Archive and Resource Centre. The study was carried out at Namirembe Cathedral archive and Resource Centre, with a sample size of two respondents which included the Archive Manager and the Dean of Namirembe Cathedral. The study used a qualitative research design. Data was collected using the interviews, observation and analyzed qualitatively Findings indicate that the different types of photographic materials managed at Namirembe Archive and Resource Centre include: photograph prints, negatives, photograph slides, and electronic photographs. The preservation methods used include: scanning, cleaning and dusting, deacidification, shelving, air conditioning, adequate ventilation, duplication and proper storage and handling. Some of the challenges in preservation of photographs include: technological obsolescence, mishandling by humans, and lack of adequate funding, limited qualified staff, and the nature of the materials. Some strategies suggested include: environmental controls, training and increase of staff members and making security copies. The study concluded that, in order for photographs to be effectively preserved at NCARC, they must be managed by well-trained staff, storage system must be automated to create enough storage space and more acid free boxes should be purchased to ensure the best storage to the photographs hence preservation.