TownsWeb Archiving Blog

Top five: Archives and Digitisation blogs of 2014

Ryan Kyle - Marketing Manager 2014

We are (perhaps unsurprisingly) always keen to hear news about ambitious digitisation projects, stories of unique archive collections being digitised and published online, and discussions of emerging issues facing the sector. Fortunately there is a thriving community of archivists, record managers, and organisations that regularly blog and tweet all manner […]

Invaluable 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum archives digitally preserved online

Digitised 9th/12th Royal Lancers emblem

The Museum of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers regiment, in partnership with TownsWeb Archiving, has digitally preserved a selection of heritage materials that tell the story of the iconic cavalry regiment’s history; including soldier records, regimental journals, medal records and photograph albums. A Regimental Legacy at Risk “With records dating from […]

Five UK Takeaways from the European Commission report on Digitisation 2014

EC Digitisation report

  In October 2011, the European Commission (EC) produced a Recommendation (711/2011/EU) for EU member states, which (broadly) requested that they increase their digitisation efforts and place a greater emphasis on making digitised cultural heritage material freely accessible online. Earlier this month, based on update reports from the 32 EU […]

How to Digitise… Bound Book archives

How to Digitise Bound Books

Following the popularity of our How to Digitise Photograph Collections blog post, in the second of our “How to digitise…” series we share our best practice tips for scanning bound books. Our specialist technicians have digitised books of all shapes and sizes, from standard leather-bound volumes, to Guard books and […]

Digitising your Burial Records – an Essential Project Planning Guide

Ryan Kyle - Marketing Manager 2014

There are a number of reasons to digitise your burial records, from vastly speeding up satisfying enquiries by making them searchable, to simply preserving the records’ precious information in digital form in case the worst should happen. As a Cemetery or Bereavement Services Manager you may be well aware of […]

In the Picture – Making the most of images inside & outside your collection

Paul Sugden

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend our local CILIP Study Group’s workshop on making the best use of digital images in library collections, at CILIPs headquarters in London. As part of the day I got to hear from three people really pushing the envelope with the scope and innovation […]

Planning Digitisation Projects – Best Practice Tips

Planning Digitisation Projects - best practice tips

Managing a digitisation project, especially a large-scale one, can be daunting. But thorough planning beforehand can go a long way to avoiding potential problems, achieving the best quality outputs, and ensuring the project is a success. Having worked with over 400 archivists, record managers, and curators, on all manner of […]

ARA Conference 2014 round up: “Survival of the Fittest”

Ryan Kyle - Marketing Manager 2014

We are back from exhibiting yesterday at another successful Archives & Records Association annual conference. This year’s event was held in the prestigious Gateshead Hilton Hotel in Newcastle, which, in addition to excellent food and a great conference space, offered spectacular views of the Tyne Bridge (pictured). ARA Keynote Talks […]

VIDEO: “The Full English” – Digitising the English Folk Dance & Song Society archives

Ryan Kyle - Marketing Manager 2014

In our latest video interview Malcolm Taylor OBE, former Library Director of the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS), talks about “The Full English” digital preservation project. The HLF-funded project aimed to create the largest digital archive of English song, dance and folklore in the world, and TWA was […]

How to Digitise… Photograph Collections

Ryan Kyle - Marketing Manager 2014

Digitisation is a complex process with many aspects that need to be managed in order to produce the best quality final images. This is especially true when digitising very old and fragile archive materials, as our scanning technicians do every day. What’s more, there are a number of additional media-specific […]