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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oliver Rackham digitisation project: Corpus Christi College archives


The late Oliver Rackham, OBE, was a leading historian and ecologist with an unrivalled knowledge of British historic woodland. He was also a pioneer – linking ecological research with that of archaeology for the first time through ground-breaking work in the Mediterranean Basin. Formerly Master of Corpus Christi College, where […]

[Video] Digitisation Grant 2017 winners announced!


  After 49 days since launch and 110 applications later, today we announced the winners of the TWA Digitisation Grant 2017! You can watch the live video announcement of the winners above. Massive congratulations to our two deserving winners! You can read more about the two winning projects and institutions […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 – Applications closed


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 […]