Bruce Ralston is Chair of the UNESCO Memory of the World, New Zealand, Committee. Formerly a library manager and archivist, he now works from Waihi on a range of editing and archival projects, and is Editor of The New Zealand Genealogist. He commenced his involvement with documentary heritage as a genealogical record agent at the Scottish Records Office, and developed his knowledge and skills as a manuscripts librarian and editor of the National Register of Archives and Manuscripts at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Later, as manager of the Auckland Museum Library he worked on mechanisms to make better online description and access to the extensive documentary heritage resources. Some of these items now appear in the Memory of the World New Zealand Register.
Bruce is Chair of the Ted Gilberd Literary Trust, established to assist writing and publishing family history. More recently he has become active in upskilling genealogists to find ways to convert their research and knowledge into narrative or other recorded formats.