The Southern Regional Digitisation Centre’s first ever job was a very significant one for Environment Canterbury (ECAN). The Lyttelton Harbour board collection of 7 photographic albums and over 1000 glass negatives and lantern slides allowed Katie and Jo to put a range of equipment to work for their first job. Considering the extensive damage to the picturesque port town of Lyttelton this collection is of considerable historical significance. The Lanovia scanner produced wonderfully crisp, clear, high resolution images from the lantern slides and negatives, while the Cruse CS80 overhead book cradle scanner was able to capture the fragile bound albums.
Katie and Jo had to implement robust risk mitigation procedures while handling these fragile items amid continuing aftershocks of early 2012. The odd jolt reminded them of the continuing importance of the work they were doing in helping to preserve the history of Canterbury.