University of Cambridge launch of the WWII Sime Road digital project

University of Cambridge: launch of the World War II Sime Road digital project

Date: 11 Aug 2017 Venue: Cambridge University Library West Road Cambridge CB3 9DR
Time: 10:30 - 15:00
Type: Seminar Fee: Invite only

Cambridge University Library holds a vast collection of documents that evoke one of the Second World War’s most traumatic ordeals and have been conserved and digitised for future generations and a global audience. This new digital collection will be launched at an event being hosted at the Library.

A grant from the Wellcome Trust has enabled the Library to digitalise records from the Sime Road civilian internment camp in Singapore. The Japanese camp held over 3,600 people from more than 20 counties following the invasion of Malaya. 

It was here that one of the detainees, a Mr Cheeseman, oversaw exams and subsequently after the war applied for recognition from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, now Cambridge Assessment. The School Certificate Level exams were the predecessor of the O Level and today's GCSE. Digital copies of records from our Group Archives have been donated to the collection.

Gillian Cooke, Cambridge Assessment Group Archivist, said: “This digitisation project allows future generations to build deeper, comprehensive studies long after oral recollections have faded”. 

Visit the Cambridge University Library website to find out more about the full scope of the project.

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