Preservation of Documentary Heritage

Our documentary heritage is created in many formats from traditional paper based documents, electronic media, magnetic tape, photographic images; digital and optical media all become vulnerable to deterioration, improper handling and poor storage. New formats are constantly being developed to carry data.

Inscription to the MOW register supports continued access to information and ongoing preservation in the most appropriate manner.  The MOW Committee can provide advice when assessing nominations.

For advice and helpful information on preservation try the following links:

National Library of New Zealand -

Conservators of Cultural Material -

Digital preservation -

Audiovisual and sound materials -

Guidance for community organisations: