TownsWeb Archiving Blog

Crowdfunding cultural heritage digitisation: the Peter Mackay archive project

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At a time when heritage budgets are being stretched and competition for grants and awards is fierce, crowdfunding provides an additional alternative way of obtaining support for cataloguing and digitising your collections. At Stirling University Archives, between November 2016 and January 2017 we were able to raise £8100 via crowdfunding […]

TWA Digitisation Grant winners featured in February ARC magazine

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I’m delighted to share that an article about our TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 is featured in this month’s Film, Sound & Photography special edition of ARC magazine. The article shares our motivations and thinking behind launching the Digitisation Grant, as well as the core criteria our judges used to assess […]

Case study: Creating an accessible virtual archive for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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The vast archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) spans over 150 years in scope and is of National importance. So we were privileged to be selected by the Institution to build a Virtual Archive portal and publish their prestigious holdings online. Above image: Napier Deltic engine, final gear […]

A brief guide to Digitisation Guidelines

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Over the past 10 years the world of cultural heritage digitisation has seen a considerable and increasingly collective effort to establish best practices and set digitisation guidelines; and if you are planning a digitisation project one of your first ports of call may be to look at the range of […]

Most-read Bereavement digitisation blog posts of 2016

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As we begin a fresh year, I thought it would be the ideal time to share five bereavement records digitisation blog posts that were most popular among your peers and colleagues during 2016. Whether it’s hearing how Winchcombe Cemetery saved their deteriorating historical plot maps and burial registers, or how Falmouth published their records […]

5 Most popular Archives and Digitisation blog posts of 2016

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We published 26 fresh blog posts during 2016 exploring all things archives, heritage and digitisation. The diverse topics covered included everything from advice on putting together HLF funding applications, to using Instagram to promote your collections and how to digitise oversize archive items. Not to mention guest posts from archivists, […]

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 […]