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Video: Digitisation Grant 2018 winners announced!


This morning we announced the winners of our third annual TWA Digitisation Grant! The Grant offers funding of up to £5000 to enable UK cultural heritage institutions to digitise their collections and open up access to them online, you can watch the full winners announcement video below. TWA Digitisation Grant […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2018 applications close


Yesterday was the final day for UK cultural heritage institutions to submit their applications for the TWA Digitisation Grant and applications for the 2018 Grant are now officially closed. Following the trend of previous years, we have received bids on behalf of some great digitisation and access projects, from a […]

Takeaways: Naomi Korn’s Copyright and Digitisation surgeries at the M+H Show

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Last month I partnered with TownsWeb Archiving to offer free surgery sessions on their stand at the Museums + Heritage Show 2018. I offered slots where archives, museums and libraries planning digitisation projects could bring their queries and issues around copyright and get expert advice. It was really great to […]

Preparing for an Archive Digitisation project: 4 crucial questions to consider


Hi, I’m Sophie, an archivist at Harrods Company Archive. When TownsWeb Archiving invited me to write a guest blog post about digitising archive collections, I immediately thought of the digitisation project that I am working through in my current role. I’d love to tell you that it has been a […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2018: Open for applications!


The TWA Digitisation Grant has returned for it’s third year and is now open for applications from UK archives, museums and libraries looking to digitise their cultural heritage collections. Funding of up to £5000 to digitise heritage collections The TWA Grant has provided over £12,000 worth of digitisation funding to […]

TWA joins the Digital Preservation Coalition commercial supporter programme


We are excited to announce that TownsWeb Archiving has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition as the latest member of its Commercial Supporter programme. With a wealth of experience in advising how best to create digital materials, we are now working towards incorporating digital preservation services in order to meet the […]

5 Most-read Archives and Digitisation blogs of 2017


During 2017 we continued doing our best to produce helpful and interesting blog posts exploring all things archives, cultural heritage digitisation and access. We published over 20 articles, including more expert guest blogs than ever before; covering topics from crowdfunding digitisation to marketing business archives. But in case you missed […]

Guide: Sources of Funding for heritage digitisation projects

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“The most significant barrier to digitisation [is] …lack of funding. Put simply, digitisation cannot happen without significant financial support, usually from an external body.” JISC Digitisation in the UK report, 2005. Even though the quote above is from a research report produced by JISC over nine years ago, lack of […]

Workflows for digitising glass plate negatives: Scanner vs DSLR camera


Back in 2015 we wrote our how to digitise glass plate negatives guide, where we offer our advice and best practice tips for digitising glass plate collections. In the guide we referenced that there are two main workflows for digitising glass plates: one, using a flatbed scanner to scan them; […]

Digitisation, Contract Negotiation, Rights Management and You


If the ultimate aim of your cultural heritage digitisation project is to make the digitised records and images in your collection accessible online, then rights management is likely a key consideration. This is because you may not necessarily own all the rights for the items in your collections, even if […]