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Susan Kibaara, Head of County Records
Nairobi City County
Introduction
• Archives exist for the preservation and continuation of the cultural heritage of a
place. Audiovisual media...
Background of the Nairobi Audio Visual
Archive
• The Nairobi County Records Management Division
was awakened to the Audio ...
Gallery of Former Mayors Photos
Sample of Photo recovered
Henderson H. Edgar was the first white mayor
of Nairobi City Council between 1923-1924
Charles Wanyoike was the first African mayor for Nairobi
City Council between 1962-1967
Objectives of UNH Project
i. To bring Nairobi closer home to its residents, to help them have a
visual impression of what ...
i. Almost everyone who works in other audiovisual archives has received copious
thanks from people who discovered recordin...
• The UNH project will encourage and guide the
management of other collections (motion picture
films, still photographs, f...
Structure of how the Archive will look on the County
Website
Unlocking
Nairobi
Heritage
Project Implementers
The project is currently being overseen and implemented by the following County
of Nairobi Officers i...
NAIROBI AT A GLANCE
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  1. 1. Susan Kibaara, Head of County Records Nairobi City County
  2. 2. Introduction • Archives exist for the preservation and continuation of the cultural heritage of a place. Audiovisual media contribute to culture, especially of the nineteenth century, and even more so of the twentieth and therefore archives for audiovisual materials are being developed world over. The collections are available in various formats and range from a variety of cultures, past and current civilizations, artefacts, manuscripts and printed materials. • Human effort in the field of Audio Visual Archiving has long been transmitted by images and the oral traditions and then came the written records. The invention of printing has made collections more widely available, providing the recipient with ability to access written collections. More recently the materials could be recorded on to a visual or audio format for widespread transmission and distribution leading to what we now call audiovisual materials. • All these elements of Audio Visual collections are part of the record of the heritage of the County and if they are to continue existing they require saving, gathering, preserving and/or conserving and they also need to be accessible to encourage the spread of knowledge. • The County Archives should bear the responsibility safeguarding these materials.
  3. 3. Background of the Nairobi Audio Visual Archive • The Nairobi County Records Management Division was awakened to the Audio visual collections of the County during the transition from City Council to County Government were collections were strewn all over without much care rendering them to great risk. • The records management unit embarked on a pilot project and collected the photographs of the defunct Council former mayors and began a restoration program which saw the first items being lined up outside H.E the Governors lounge. The Pictures were scanned and copies printed for display.
  4. 4. Gallery of Former Mayors Photos
  5. 5. Sample of Photo recovered Henderson H. Edgar was the first white mayor of Nairobi City Council between 1923-1924
  6. 6. Charles Wanyoike was the first African mayor for Nairobi City Council between 1962-1967
  7. 7. Objectives of UNH Project i. To bring Nairobi closer home to its residents, to help them have a visual impression of what they know, what they don’t know and what they already know about Nairobi. ii. To provide greater ease of information access and sharing of Nairobi heritage. iii. To enhance long term preservation of Audio Visual Collections by reducing wear and tear of through careful handling of the originals for reference and reproduction only. iv. To create possible revenue streams for the County’s collections to capture a world audience. v. To reduce the need of physical space while promoting strategies for protection of audio visual collections in the long term.
  8. 8. i. Almost everyone who works in other audiovisual archives has received copious thanks from people who discovered recordings they never imagined existed of their relatives or their community. In some cases, these recordings have made it possible for communities to renew traditions that were long abandoned and nearly forgotten. This could come true for Nairobi residents. ii. In other cases the benefits have been more material. Audio recordings from archives were used in court cases in both Australia and South Africa to reclaim property and land titles. What can Nairobi gain from such case studies? iii. Audiovisual recordings are far more than entertainment; they may, in fact, allow Nairobi residents tore cover rights and individuals to recover livelihoods. iv. Changes in format, deterioration of the media themselves and probable loss will mean that the recordings in archives will take on a far greater significance as time passes. v. Nairobi County will be the first County to gather audio visual collections that if agreed on will be dubbed “The Governors collections”. This will be a great honour to serving and future Governors of the County.
  9. 9. • The UNH project will encourage and guide the management of other collections (motion picture films, still photographs, filmstrips, sound and video recordings, posters and other graphic works, and multimedia productions with related finding aids and production files for the County of Nairobi) that are currently domiciled in other sectors. • The collections are available in various formats and are approaching obsolescence e.g. photographs, films and documentaries.
  10. 10. Structure of how the Archive will look on the County Website Unlocking Nairobi Heritage
  11. 11. Project Implementers The project is currently being overseen and implemented by the following County of Nairobi Officers in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives and Documentation Services: Susan Kibaara ,Head of County Records email: suzebald@gmail.com Diffence A. Machocho, Officer in Charge Records, Central Registry Email: dematole@yahoo.com Villy A. Magero, Officer in Charge- Records, County Secretary’s Office Email: achmag@yahoo.com
  12. 12. NAIROBI AT A GLANCE

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