The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) organised its 2017 symposium on the theme of ‘Imaging Imperialism’, hosted by the National Archives of Malta on the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, 27th October 2017. The event was sponsored by EURBICA through an ICA Programme Commission grant.
The development of audiovisual technologies coincided with British imperialism in such a way that the height of the empire is documented in drawings and photographs while motion picture captured the end of empire and the birth of newly independent nations across the world. Audiovisual materials are therefore important resources for the study of imperialism in the modern period.
The proceedings were opened by the Honourable Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment in Malta. Key contributors to the symposium included Njordur Sigurdsson, Chair of ICA’s Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage and member of IFLA’s Working Group on Digital Unification; Leonard Callus and Noel D’Anastas, from the National Archives of Malta, Nicky Sugar from the British Empire and Commonwealth Collections at Bristol Archives; Ian Ellis from the Richard Ellis Photographic Archive; and Daniel Gullo from the Hill Museum and Mss Center.
Participants also got an overview of the proposal for the forthcoming ICA conference in Yaounde, Cameroon, in 2018 from Esther Olembe, National Archivist of Cameroon.