NEWSPLAN Scotland is one of 10 regional groups which took part in the NEWSPLAN 2000 Project.
This was a national large-scale microfilming project designed to preserve historic local newspapers on 35mm archival-standard microfilm. By the time it was completed in 2005, 3.97 million pages of Scottish newspapers had been saved.
The main aims of the project were:
- To preserve fragile newspapers from further deterioration by microfilming them
- To increase access to the content of these newspaper titles in local libraries
- To raise awareness of availability of titles and the richness of this resource.
Funding the project
In 2001 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £5 million in support of this valuable programme. Matching funding came from the newspaper industry, and contribution 'in-kind' from libraries across the United Kingdom.
Use of microfilm
Microfilm is recognised internationally as the most effective preservation medium for historic newspapers. It is durable and offers the reader an exact replica of the content while protecting the original copy from further damage.
NEWSPLAN Scotland and NLS
The NEWSPLAN Scotland office is based at Scotland's premier library, the National Library of Scotland, and many titles were filmed from original newspapers held here. This major collection of newspapers has been greatly enhanced by films received through the NEWSPLAN 2000 Project.