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PastView Chronicle

PastView Chronicle

Manage and publish your cemetery & crematorium records for instant online access

Our unique software solution created entirely for holders of digital cemetery and crematorium records.

PastView Chronicle provides all the storage you need, allowing you to manage, publish and share your digital records with everyone from genealogists and researchers, to surviving family members.

Upload over 10 million digital records to your beautiful PastView Chronicle website or webpage and take full control of how your visitors see and use the valuable information you hold.

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Cemeteries and Crematoriums – The number one solution for your digital records

Search digital records quickly and easily

Search and update your records instantly

Publish digital records online

Set visibility options and decide what to publish on your website

Generate revenue from your digital records

Select to generate income through paid downloads and print copies

What’s included with PastView Chronicle

Manage and publish your digital cemetery & crematorium data for instant online access

from £9,995

+ from £990 per annum

Key Features

  • Bespoke or templated websiteThe costing provided is for a templated website, please get in touch for the cost of PastView Chronicle with a bespoke website for online user-access
  • Upload up to 10k recordsYour items can include images such as digitised books, photographs, records etc. More than 10k records can be uploaded at an additional cost.
  • Simple record upload and editing
  • Secure off-site cloud backup
  • Flexible revenue generation capabilitiesThe costing provided is excluding revenue generation. The revenue generation module can be included from £1000
  • Protect your images using customisable watermarks
  • High-Res zoom using page explorer
  • 3D Page turning using book explorer
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The Chronicle Package

Included Features Add-On Features

Attributes / Image Details

When uploading your images they are assigned ‘Attributes’ (the details that best identify and describe them). For example, attributes could include the date, original reference number, photographer and location. All of these attributes then become searchable terms, thereby enhancing the discoverability of your online items. With PastView Chronicle, you can select one of our pre-configured attribute sets (containing up to 15 attributes) in order to organise, enhance and make searchable your collections. Storing textual data against each of your items aids consistency and search productivity.

Item Management

Based on an item being around 2MB, you can upload up to 5,000 items equating to 10GB of storage with PastView Chronicle. 10GB of storage is a lot of space, so you’re going to need to be able to manage those individual items and decide how they will be identified and organised. At the point of upload, your items can be allocated attributes and attribute sets, to help gather items into multiple searchable collections. You can continue to add items over time and decide when and where these will become available to your audiences, releasing them as part of a digital or physical exhibition for example.

Collection Management

It’s important that you have ultimate control over your content and how it works for you, so with PastView Chronicle the management of your digital collection is in your capable hands. After the initial PastView upload, you can continue adding to your digital archive over time. Organising items in to collections, sub-collections and also assigning attributes is easy. And publishing a ‘hidden’ collection to your website is achieved by simply switching a toggle from ‘hidden’ to ‘visible’.


Digital collections are vast and wonderfully diverse, but this can make connecting items across collections a tricky business. Your users might want to find information about a specific composer, artist or other influential person, but you also know you have a huge amount of varied and supporting material they might find both fascinating and useful. Here’s where tagging comes in. With PastView Chronicle you can tag items within your collections with particular names and details, so that searches can trawl and return every related item.

Watermarks - Protecting your Images

Select to add a watermark to your images and immediately secure them online, protecting them against copyright infringement and digitally stamping ownership by removing unrestricted access. With PastView Chronicle you can configure watermarking during the installation of your data, selecting text, size and direction of the watermark you would like to include. This is then automatically applied to each and every one of your items, reducing the risk of them being used and shared without permission.

Optical Character Recognition

PastView Chronicle’s inbuilt optical character recognition module provides a credit-based solution for making typed text searchable. By selecting OCR during the initial upload stage, images will be rendered and any text found will be stored against each item. This allows users to perform a search through your website for the content of a document, rather than merely a name or date. OCR will then match this content against the items in your collection and return any that match, taking your user to the page they are looking for with the word or phrase highlighted automatically.

PageExplorer and High Res Zoom

PageExplorer is PastView Chronicle’s core image viewer. Perfect for photographs, as well as large scale images, such as maps, enabling users to view every intricate detail through effortless high resolution zooming to an incredibly fine standard. Simply hover the cursor over an area using a mouse and double click, or pinch-and-zoom on smart phones and tablets. Whatever device your users engage with, their experience will always be of the highest quality. Panning across images is also easy and intuitive: just click and drag with a mouse or touch and drag on touchscreen devices.

Classic Book Viewer with Previous/Next Buttons

For items which consists of multiple page images, Classic BookViewer is PastView Chronicle’s answer to the ultimate viewing experience. Collating images within a digital collection and selecting Classic BookViewer will gather items together and allow users to move between images using ‘previous’ and ‘next’. This is the ideal feature for presenting letters, double-sided images, objects, or bound content. If you like this method of display then why not try PastView Chronicle’s add-on, ‘BookExplorer’, which provides users with the ultimate 3D page turning experience.

BookExplorer and 3-Dimensional Page Turning

Add-On: £2,995

BookExplorer’s 3D technology allows pages to be smoothly and elegantly turned to give the user an experience that’s as close as it gets to the real thing. Brought to them through flawlessly rendered graphics, this feature allows pages to be turned by clicking and dragging the cursor on a PC, or simply sliding a finger across the screen of a tablet, mobile or other touchscreen device. Perfect for your journal and newspaper collections, or for those huge fragile volumes that might otherwise be inaccessible, captivating your audience in new, exciting and immersive ways.

Digital Downloads

Add-On: £2,995

Generating income through an offer of ‘image digital downloads’ is PastView’s most popular and profitable revenue method amongst our many users. By default, every digital item held within PastView Chronicle, is published to your website ‘free of charge’ - meaning members of the public can search, browse and view your collections and items without making a payment. However, you may decide to impose a fee for members of the public to access some or all of your items. Setting prices and enabling ‘digital downloads’ within or across collections is as simple as selecting an item, choosing a price and clicking save!

Physical Print Requests

Add-On: £2,995

Perfect for generating revenue from photographic collections, this feature enables your users to purchase glossy physical prints in size A5, A4 and A3 and is a great way to extend your income generation methods. And don’t worry if you are unable to provide a print fulfilment service in-house. TownsWeb Archiving can optionally take care of this for you by accepting the order, and then locating, printing and despatching the print(s) directly to your customer. All you need to consider is what to set the profit margin to!


Add-On: £4,995

Providing access to your collections via paid subscriptions is a very popular method of generating high-value, long-term income that your customers will greatly appreciate. Subscriptions is popular amongst genealogy data publishers, and also owners of magazine, journal and other bound published collections. Want to allow subscription access to a specific collection of magazines with durations for 7 days, 28 days or 365 days? All of these options, and more, are available with just a few clicks of your mouse!

Offline Copies

Add-On: £2,995

Providing customers with the ability to download an entire collection of digital items to their device (Kindle, PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone) is a fantastic and valuable offering that they will truly appreciate. Offering offline copies of items such as books, magazines and journals in PDF, MOBI and ePUB formats allows your customers to view them at their leisure without the need for an internet connection.

Protected Access

Add-On: £1,995

Restricting access to specific groups is possible using our Protected Access module. Perhaps you only wish to grant access to your digital archive to an existing list of subscribers or employees? Perhaps you would like a “Members Only Area”? This module allows specific groups of users to be managed , meaning that when a user enters their own secure credentials, only then will they gain access to your online collections.


Publishing with PastView Chronicle

PastView Chronicle helped Birmingham City Council publish their newly digitised cremation and burial records online, for the benefit of their staff and members of the public too. Opening opportunities for revenue generation and a high quality user-friendly search facility, that everyone could use, meant PastView Chronicle was the perfect choice and fit.

We tell you all about it here, in Phase 2 of our Birmingham Burials case study.

Read The Case Study

Have you considered a virtual tour of your cemetery?

Let family, friends, genealogists and researchers explore your cemetery online, allowing them to visit and move around your open spaces remotely to see the position of plots and gravestones and read the inscriptions, without physically having to be there, while allowing them access to online records to aid more comprehensive research.

This is an entirely new way of exploring the hugely significant records that you hold, connecting people with their history, roots and heritage.

Learn More About Our Virtual Tour Service

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