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Bristol Old Vic Theatre Receives Funding for Heritage Project

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The oldest operating theatre in England, Bristol Old Vic, has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £220,500 to create a landmark heritage project to celebrate its 250th birthday. The grant will support the nine month development project, and another grant is being submitted for a further £.2.26m in funding.

Already recognised as a centre of artistic distinction for its history and high quality programme of events, the nation’s oldest theatre will now also be an important heritage attraction. The project includes a refurbishment of part of the theatre, a conservation project for the original 18th century theatre façade, the protection of the theatre’s paper records and the creation of new public spaces and programmes, including an online archive.

Not only will the historic landmark be protected thanks to this funding, but also the records of the theatre will be preserved and available to a whole new audience. Archives of theatrical heritage will be brought to life during the project by scanning the heritage records which are currently held between the Bristol Record Office and the University of Bristol Theatre collection.

Creating a digital archive of documents which could date back hundreds of years isn’t without its difficulties – it’s vital to keep the originals in mint condition throughout the scanning process. Pearl Scan are experts in scanning delicate documents and books of high importance, ensuring the technology does not damage the records.

The Old Vic was originally named The Theatre Royal, and was built between 1764-1766. The lottery funding for the heritage project has been awarded at the perfect time so the artistic institution can celebrate its 250th birthday. The building can be restored and enjoyed for many years to come, and modern audiences will have access to some of the theatre’s programmes and archives online.

Emma Stenning, chief executive at Bristol Old Vic said, “We’re thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support as it will enable us to push forward with our exciting plans to transform the theatre into an internationally-significant hub of cultural and historical interest. This major redevelopment project will allow tourists, theatre audiences, day visitors and schoolchildren to engage with Bristol Old Vic’s fascinating heritage like never before.”

If you have a large collection of historical records or archives which you’d like to protect, we can help you digitise your collection with our heritage scanning service. Get in touch for more details.

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History’s Worst Technology Predictions

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The Daily Telegraph released an article announcing the 9 worst predictions in the history of technology. Being in the technology services industry, we found this article very interesting and amusing. What do you think?

As mere humans, we are arguably not that great at predicting the future. In Back to the Future, Marty McFly travels to the year 2015 giving the scriptwriters and director a chance to be creative with how they saw the future of the world 25 years on. This involved the prediction of flying cars, hoverboards and self drying clothes.

With a bit of artistic license, these can be forgiven but the predictions featured in the worst technology predictions articles were made by big names in the technology industry. Here's a few favourites among the spectacular gaffes...

IBM President Thomas Watson- "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." (1943)

Well...where do we start with this prediction? Is there anything that needs to be said?

Are you reading this on a computer? Yes? Have you had more than five computers in your life? Probably. The verdict: This prediction is pretty horrifyingly wrong, especially coming from someone at a company that recently brought in an annual revenue of $100bn selling computer hardware and software!

Founder of 3Com, Robert Metcalfe- "I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." (1995)

This is another prediction that, in hindsight, is laughable. In 2011, there was an estimation of 2.1 billion internet users and this figure is guaranteed to have risen since. Far from collapsing, the internet has now become a vital lifeline for business, communication and information. It's even possible to store things online on cloud platforms such as important documents.

Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates- "Two years from now, spam will be solved." (2004)

A quick look in my rarely checked spam folder last week revealed over 200 emails over a 30 day period. Sorry Mr Gates, but I think you were a bit far out with that prediction. Unless there's something he's not telling us...

Former writer for the New York Times, David Pogue- "Everyone's always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell phone. My answer is, 'Probably never." (2006)

If Pogue had just held on for one more year he might not have been forced to eat his words. Apple are now onto their 10th model of the iPhone and despite the death of CEO Steve Jobs, the market continues to boom.

Document scanning companyHow does this relate to Pearl Scan?

So as you can see, it's quite difficult to make a bold statement and predict the future when it comes to technology and often it's just not advised but we like to make a few bold statements of our own. Here at Pearl Scan, we see an increasingly digital world with less reliance on paper based resources and more digital file management. The benefits of going digital can be found in some of our other articles so in terms of progressive business, it's a no brainer.

If you would like some more information on the document scanning and digital document management solutions we offer, feel free to browse our website and blogs or get in touch for a free, no obligation quote.


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The new EU Data Protection Regulation

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There are big changes on the horizon regarding the way the EU approaches data regulation. To ensure that your business is on the ball, we’ve put together a complete guide covering everything you need to know about the new EU Data Protection Regulation laws set to go live.

EU data protection regulation – 101

Earlier this year the European Commission revealed a draft of its new set of laws that will replace the previous Data Protection Directive. They’ve renamed the decree the ‘European Data Protection Regulation.

The release of the new regulation is designed to streamline the current data protection laws that exists across the EU member states. By switching to a ‘regulation’ as opposed to a ‘directive’ all EU member states will need to comply, thus eliminating the need for national implementing legislation.

So what does the new European Data Protection Regulation mean for European businesses?
Read on for our overview of what to expect.

• The right to be forgotten

One of the most noticeable changes will be the introduction of the right to be forgotten. This will allow people to request the deletion of personal data, with organisations obliged to comply.

• Integrated data protection measures

While in the past privacy has been somewhat optional, the new regulations rule that businesses must incorporate data protection measures into products and services from the very beginning.

• The right to portability

Another new right sees consumers entitled to portability. This refers to the easy transmission of personal information from one data controller to another.

• Taking a stand against profiling

While subject to certain exceptions, the majority of consumers will be empowered with the right to remove themselves from corporate profiling.

• Greater understanding

Under the new regulations EU citizens will have the right to request insight into how their data is being used.

How your business can prepare

With the new changes set to take effect any month now, it’s important for British businesses to have an in-depth understanding of how to comply with the updates. One of the most effective ways to boost compliance credentials is to invest in document scanning services that digitalise all data, as it rolls in. This will ensure that all documents are safely stored in an electronic database. Should an audit be initiated your business will be able to produce all key documents in a matter of minutes.

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