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TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 – Applications closed

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So after almost six weeks and 284 cultural heritage organisations and institutions downloading our funding application form, this year’s TWA Digitisation Grant closed at midnight on Friday 7th July. We received over 100 applications this year, from all manner of UK archives, special collections libraries and museums looking to digitise […]

Funding: TWA cultural heritage Digitisation Grant 2017 now open

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We launched the TWA Digitisation Grant last year, as a way to contribute to the heritage sector and to support UK cultural heritage institutions that wanted to digitise their archive collections, but were unable to due to funding barriers. Following incredibly positive feedback for last year’s grant and a whole […]

How to market and promote your Business Archive

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Every organisation has a different reason for marketing and promoting its archive. For a new archive, these activities might be associated with establishing the archive as a service, developing the collections and justifying investment in staff, resources, digitisation etc. This was the case with the Peel Group, which prior to […]

Introduction to archival selection and narrative in digital collections

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Before you commence your glorious heritage digitisation project, you must select the items and collections you wish to digitise. Often this is no simple decision as a number of competing factors come into play; the condition of the materials, available time and human resources, equipment, and of course budget are […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]