TownsWeb Archiving Blog

Case study: Digitising the National Holocaust Centre & Museum’s collection

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When the National Holocaust Centre and Museum (based in Newark, Nottinghamshire) decided to move forward with a large scale digitisation initiative in late 2015, TownsWeb was chosen as a partner on the project. Above image: Artists impression of the Kindertransport; item taken from the National Holocaust Centre & Museum The mission […]

Introduction to using Instagram to promote archive collections

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If you have yet to discover how Instagram can help to promote your archive, and specifically your digitised collections, then this blog post is for you. Using Instagram to share archive material is not only easy to use and cheap (free in fact – the only cost is a small […]

The Culture in Transit project: Taking digitisation mobile in New York City

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The digitisation of cultural heritage material from libraries, archives and museums is the same, no matter what side of the pond you’re on. That’s why, although this blog post details a digitisation initiative in New York City, the approach and execution of the project could be replicated in any English […]

How to Digitise… Large format Maps, Plans and more

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When digitising oversize archival items – such as maps, architectural plans, posters, registers and artworks – the challenges can be as unique and expansive as the items themselves. The sheer size of large format items can make them prone to damage if not handled and supported correctly, and can make […]

DCDC16 Conference review: collections, connections, collaboration

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Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is an annual Archives, Libraries and Museums conference that is now in its fourth year. This was my second time at the event and, having only attended for one day last year, I managed to go to a lot more sessions this time around. Both times […]

Announcing the winners: TWA Digitisation Grant 2016

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When we launched our first ever TWA Digitisation Grant this year we had no idea what a huge response we would receive. We knew that lack of digitisation funding was one of the major challenges preventing archives, museums, galleries and special collections libraries from digitising their collections and making them […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 – Applications Closed

And so the applications deadline for the first ever TWA Digitisation Grant has now passed… The response to this grant has been phenomenal – with bids from over 80 of the most prestigious archives, museums, special collections libraries and galleries being submitted. Each and every one promised a fascinating and […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 launched

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This month marks the launch of our brand new TWA Digitisation Grant, a chance for you to get a helping hand in making that digitisation project you’ve had in mind a reality. Grant awards up to £4000 available The new fund will award grants of up to £4000 to archives, […]

Getting stakeholder Buy-in for your digitisation project

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Archive digitisation projects can require a lot of resources – staff/volunteers, equipment, time, and of course financial resources. This is particularly true if you choose to carry out your project entirely in-house, but also to a lesser extent even if you partner with an external digitisation provider. So whichever way […]

TWA Digitisation Funding Grant 2016

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This year we are launching a funding stream to support archives and other heritage organisations in digitising their collections. Local authority archives, business archives, museums, galleries and libraries in the UK will all be eligible to apply for the grant funding. Details of the grant scheme and the application process […]