Publications and Podcasts

Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations

This is a must-read how-to guide if you are planning to embark on a scholarly digitisation project. It was published in 2018 by Open Book Publishers. Tailored to the specifications of the British Library’s EAP projects, it is full of sound, practical advice about planning and carrying out a successful digitisation project in potentially challenging conditions.

From establishing the scope of the project, via practical considerations about equipment, work routines, staffing, and negotiating local politics, to backing up your data and successfully completing your work, Remote Capture walks you through every stage. Bursting with helpful hints, advice and experiences from people who have completed projects everywhere around the globe from Latin America to Africa to Asia, this book offers a taste of the challenges you might encounter and the best ways to find solutions. 
With a particular focus on the process of digitisation, whether using a camera or a scanner, Remote Capture is invaluable reading for anybody considering such a project. It will be particularly useful to anyone applying for an EAP grant, but the advice in these pages is necessary for anyone wondering how to go about digitising an archive. 

Digital appendices to accompany the publication can be accessed by clicking on the link: DOI:


From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme

In 2014,  ‘From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme’ was published. It showcases the historical significance of the collections identified, catalogued and digitised through EAP, bringing together articles on 19 of the 244 projects supported since its inception. These contributions demonstrate the range of materials documented — including rock inscriptions, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and sound archives — and the wide geographical scope of the Programme. Many of the documents are published here for the first time, illustrating the potential these collections have to further our understanding of history.

You can read about the publication in a blog post written by its editor Maja Kominko, or read the publication itself: available as free downloadable pdfs (either by chapter or in its entirety), or for purchase as a hard copy from Open Book Publishers

Articles that reference EAP material

(2013) "Anguillian Records Preserved on Digital System" in The Anguillian (Anguilla), 05 July 2013

Bazarov, A (2018) "The Buddhist Book Culture of the Average Person and Buryat Identity" in Sibirica, Volume 18 pp16-35 DOI:10.3167/sib.2018.170303

Biagetti, S., Kaci, A., Mori, L., & di Lernia, S. (2012) "Writing the desert: the ‘Tifinagh’ rock inscriptions of the Tadrart Acacus (southwestern Libya)" in Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, Vol 47, 2012, Issue 2

Butler M and Bliss D.A (2018) "Digital Resources: The Hijuelas Collection" in Latin American History, Oxford Research Encyclopedias DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.618.

Crace, John. (2006) "Preservation Hoarders" in The Guardian (UK), 05 September 2006

Fathurahman, O. (2018) "Female Indonesian Sufis: Shattariyah Murids in the 18th and 19th Centuries in Java" in Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University, Issue 11

Hijjas, M. (2017) "Marks of many hands: Annotation in the Malay manuscript tradition and a Sufi compendium from West Sumatra" in Indonesia and the Malay World, Vol 45, 2017, Issue 132

Mishra, S. and Raj Y (2017) "Gayalal Papers, 1940–1969 v.s.: Life at a Low Rung in XIX Century Military Bureaucracy" in Studies in Nepali History and Society, Vol 22, Number 2 (ISSN: 1025-5109) pp 399-470

Ngom, F. (2017) "West African Manuscripts in Arabic and African Languages and Digital Preservation" in  African History, Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Ngom, F. and Castro, C. (2019) "Beyond African orality: Digital preservation of Mandinka ʿAjamī archives of Casamance" in History Compass DOI:

Peacock, A.C.S. (2019) "Arabic Manuscripts from Buton, Southeast Sulawesi, and the Literary Activities of Sultan Muḥammad ʿAydarūs (1824–1851)" in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, Volume 10: Issue 1, pp 44-83 Brill DOI:

Philips, J. (2014). "The Early Issues of the First Newspaper in Hausa Gaskiya ta fi Kwabo, 1939–1945History in Africa, 41, 425-431.

Starkey, Jerome (2012) "Mali’s Ancient lore of love and magic that al-Qaeda would like to destroy" in The Times (UK), 01 December 2012

Podcasts that reference EAP material

On 26 April 2018, Dr Alex McKay, co-applicant for EAP880, gave the talk 'The View from the Palace: The Sikkim Royal Archives' at the Royal Asiatic Society, London (