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Quick start

- Structure

The Archive keeps items grouped in collections as to allow users to see documents in their original context. A collection represents the way memorabilia was brought to the archive to be digitised, the interview with a specific person, or a combination of both. Collections are listed alphabetically and normally named after the person that is their subject.

- Search for items

Individual items can be accessed, across all collections, by typing keywords into the search box on the left. Many oral history interviews and documents have been transcribed; other keywords have been added in titles, descriptions and tags.

Please note that the search box default is an OR keyword search. For instance, if ground personnel is typed in, the archive will be searched for BOTH ground and personnel

The search can be refined to an exact match by clicking the three dots to the right of the search box and selecting 'exact match'. Now the search will only find instances of ground personnel.

- It looks like there aren't any great matches for my search. What's next?

  • Make sure keywords are spelled correctly, also taking into account British English spelling.
  • Try different keywords.
  • Try less keywords.

Unlike most search engines, the IBCC Digital Archive gives better results when searched for fewer, specific keywords. 

For instance, when looking for:

William Leslie Milne Anderson

the best strategy is searching for the most distinctive keyword, in this case


and then quickly assessing the hits.

Adding more and and more keywords to get focused results rarely yield relevant hits: 

Flying Officer William Leslie Milne Anderson (1925 - 2018)

Alternatively, the Archive can be explored by using a suite of tools available on the home page.