Interview with John Kelcher, SANTK Preservation Archivist

Gareth Watkins (SANKT Accessions Archivist) interviews John Kelcher (SANTK Preservation Archivist) about his work for Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero, in Christchurch – where he has been employed for 15 years. John talks about historical uses of sound technologies, sound preservation processes, and some of his favourite collection items (including an oral history about misadventures in the mining town of Denniston).

John Kelcher, SANTK Preservation Archivist.
John Kelcher, SANTK Preservation Archivist.

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One of the lacquer disks in the SANKT collections. Image courtesy of SANTK.
One of the lacquer disks in the SANKT collections. Image courtesy of SANTK.
A mouldy disc in need of preservation. Lacquer discs are an unstable medium. Image courtesy of SANTK.
A mouldy disc in need of preservation. Lacquer discs are an unstable medium. Image courtesy of SANTK.
The peacetime Mobile Unit truck, c. 1946-7. Image courtesy of SANTK.
The peacetime Mobile Unit truck, c. 1946-7. Image courtesy of SANTK.