Derby, United Kingdom – Derby based Soutron have provided St Edmund Hall, a historic college within the University of Oxford with an innovative, flexible online archive solution. It is a fully cloud-based and managed system so they can showcase and provide public access to their historical collections, documents and printed materials.
The St Edmund Hall archive exists to collect, manage and utilise the recorded heritage of both the administrative and social aspects of the College, which can trace its history back to the thirteenth century.
Most of the content was previously only available by written application to Rob Petre, the Archivist at the College, and who is keen to make the whole process easier and more accessible for all. Soutron has created an online portal for St Edmund Hall, where users can perform a simple and straightforward search. The results can then be viewed online or requests made for an appointment to view the actual physical documents and printed materials.
Rob says, "The new online portal is a huge improvement for us. Our old system, with its upgrades process, also put a strain on our own IT department, but thanks to Soutron and their new cloud-based solution we now have software that is taken care of for us, much to the joy of our own IT department."
Rob adds, "By getting our archive online we're hoping to make the collection better known - from photographs of Victorian students to dossiers on war-time servicemen, from Stuart era accounts to 21st century digital recordings – we have it all! With selected records displayed along with a hierarchical tree, it really opens up related items within the collection. It should prove to be an excellent resource for anyone viewing the archive."
To find out more and view the collection, visit the College website:
Visit the new St Edmund Hall Online Portal directly: www.soutron.com/seh
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