Imaging your Collections for Access, Preservation, Management and Learning
New Zealand Micrographic Services (NZMS) empowers you to protect and preserve your unique and diverse collections. We convert them into image formats that best suit your needs and provide tools for you to enhance the knowledge of your content and make them accessible to your community.
“NZMS were fantastic to deal with, taking an interest in my project and becoming an important part of the production team. I found them very service focused, flexible, prompt and clear communicators, and really good at what they do. The success of my project critically depended on image quality and I was delighted with what NZMS produced.”
Peter Alsop, Author
“After exhaustive local research to accurately capture and reproduce my artworks, NZMS are by far my preferred choice. They offer an incredible professional service that I know I can rely on. The staff members are always a pleasure to deal with who meet my deadlines and provide excellent results.”
Sacha Lees, Artist
“Recollect allows us to build stories with our content. Each digital item in the system is enriched by connections, such as people and place, which build context around the items. Recollect enables interaction between users and the site content, opening up new and exciting possibilities for sharing content and knowledge.”
Lyn Keily, Cultural Collections Librarian at University of Newcastle
NZMS was created in 1990 by Andy and Audrey Fenton, Nan and John Pert offering microfilming services and working extensively with libraries and museums to capture and preserve local history. Material is captured using cameras and processed onto microfilm for the preservation and distribution of information. Modern polyester microfilm has an estimated life span of 500 years and can be viewed without complex technology, making it ideal for long term preservation. Today, NZMS is proud to be the only company in New Zealand offering microfilm services.
Technology advancements in the information age and digital world has encouraged the need for open access to collections. Our clients use the Recollect online platform to store the digital files of their significant material and can easily capture new information and knowledge, linking items in their collections. Recollect was developed in 2011 by NZMS as an online community engagement and collections management system for cultural heritage organisations and community groups to put their collections online. The interactive features capture and grow the body of knowledge about the collections for future generations to explore and contribute to. Today the Recollect platform is used by a wide range of organisations, industries and groups throughout Australasia.
As developments in digital imaging technology accelerated over the years, NZMS began digitising cultural heritage materials, capturing the material with the highest resolution scanning equipment, modern DSLR and Medium Format cameras and a suite of audio and video equipment. The creation of digital images assists individuals and organisations to manage, preserve and provide digital access to their important collections. NZMS provides services to the Cultural Heritage Sector, as well as commercial enterprises, artists, individuals, government departments, associations, schools and universities, local communities, societies and clubs.