Adrian Brown is Head of Preservation and Access at the Parliamentary Archives in London, where he is responsible for digital and analogue preservation, cataloguing and digitisation.
Adrian began his career as a field archaeologist, after studying Medieval Literature at the University of Durham. In 1994, he moved to the English Heritage Centre for Archaeology in Portsmouth, where he was responsible for managing its archaeological archives and other information resources. During this time, he developed and implemented a digital archiving programme to enable the long-term preservation and re-use of the CfA’s extensive and diverse digital collections. Adrian moved to the Digital Preservation Department of the UK National Archives in 2002, and was appointed Head of Digital Preservation in 2005. In that role he was responsible for the long-term preservation of born-digital public records created by the UK government and courts, playing a key part in - and latterly leading - the development of the digital repository, which was subsequently awarded the 2011 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. He was also responsible for developing the PRONOM and DROID tools and the UK Government web archiving programme, and led the team which won the international Digital Preservation Award in 2007. He was a founder member and key contributor to the Planets project, which won the 2012 Digital Preservation Award for Research and Innovation. Adrian has previously served as a director of the Digital Preservation Coalition, and is currently a trustee of the International Records Management Trust. He has lectured and published widely on all aspects of digital preservation.