Into the Archives

"Our customers have recovered over £1m through legal actions, using data from our Archives ..."

Archives are important to us and to many of our customers. Apart from enabling previously surveyed information to be incorporated into new work they also allow comparisons to be made, identifying changes over time.

Keeping proper records is an intrinsic part of our Quality Assurance system. All field records and processing information is kept for a minimum of 15 years. The greatest difficulty in archiving digital information is that formats change and become obsolete. Our policy is always to hold the data in several different formats. As new formats come into general usage and older formats disappear our archive data is restored and refreshed to those newer formats. This minimises problems with data recovery as we always have copies in at least two current formats.

On occasions, a customer will have mislaid the original information and then be much surprised that we still have the data available, even after 25 years. Sometimes the site ownership may have passed through several hands and the availability of historical records comes as a great relief to the new owner who needs them.

Our customers have recovered over £1m through legal actions, using data from our Archives as a major part of the evidence.

Archives also provide a history of what we have been up to in the past. From time to time we will include a past project on this website : please use this link to view the current Blast from the Past.

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