It takes a large team to digitise the newspapers, make them searchable, publish them online, and develop our online service. Meet the team that does the hard work!
Digitisation Studio, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, England
This is where the process begins. Our Studio is managed by Andy Bantick. Their day-to-day duties include the scanning, quality control and liasing with the staff at the British Library to make sure there's an uninterrupted flow of new material in and out of the studio. The team produce up to 200,000 images a week for the website.
Operations Centre, Dundee, Scotland
It takes an awful lot of technology to power the British Newspaper Archive, and so the team that optimise the images and build the search live close to our data centre in Dundee. Toby Atkin-Wright is the Lead Developer of the technology that manages the workflow through the system and supports the search system, and is assisted by Andrew Patterson and Philip McGavin, members of our data engineering team. Our Quality Control team of Catherine Cosgrove, Sean Keillor & Eddie Bundy are responsible for assembling the pages, quality checking them and adding the vital data to build the search. They also perform the final quality checks before we publish pages online.
In Dundee, you'll also find our friendly Customer Support team, led by Paul Wansell.
HQ, London, England
The teams in Dundee & Boston Spa are overseen by Aoife O Connor, Head of Data Delivery. Aoife also manages the website's Content team: Mary McKee and Rose Staveley-Wadham write all of the content for the website including the historical background to all of the titles and our blog. Mary and Rose also manage our social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Working from the United States is our Business Development & Licensing lead Thomas McGill. Thomas develops and manages the relationships with newspaper publishers that allow us to bring you twentieth-century material.
As well as the core team, we are supported by much larger cast of technologists, designers, developers, project managers, accountants, marketing agencies, PR teams and many more who help to bring you the service day-to-day.