Press Release

Office of the Deputy Governor
Archives and Records Management
Release Date:
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 5:09pm

Chief Records Management Officer in the Archives and Records Management Unit, Mr. Christopher Varlack has said that Phase 2 of post 2017 recovery work towards enhancing overall security of the Territory's oldest records is about to begin.

Mr. Varlack said this is in keeping with the theme for this year’s annual observation of Records MayDay “Preventative Conservation, Proactive Preservation: Records Security for the Future” on May 1.

He said, “In addition to raising the usual awareness about the need for disaster management protocols for records, we will use the month of May to also work toward advocating for the salvaging of documents and records in Government storage that remain at risk for loss.”

Mr. Varlack is encouraging the public to evaluate their records management and disaster preparedness protocols and, where necessary, make the needed improvements before the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1.         

Records MayDay is an annual observance held on May 1 in the United States, the Caribbean and other parts of the world where concerned persons and organisations promote preventative security of physical and electronic records against natural and man-made disasters.

The day was first observed by archivists in the United States following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and is being recommended for international recognition devoted to caring for and protecting valuable records.

For assistance with effective management and protection of your records, interested persons can download "Year Round Records Management Tips” by visiting the Records and Management’s web page.

For more information about the BVI Archives and Records Management Unit and assistance in preserving your records please visit the Deputy Governor’s Office website at


Andra Phillip

Department of Information and Public Relations