TownsWeb Archiving Blog

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


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 […]

Beyond image capture – How to create a great Digital Archive

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When it comes to digitisation projects, image capture is only the first (and some would say the easiest!) stage of any new venture. One of the biggest challenges comes in making the digitised content accessible and discoverable for potential users. With 32% of digitised heritage collections being published online (eNumerate, 2015) […]

Beyond Digitisation – 3 Institutions making the most of their Digital Archives

Beyond digitisation feature

We offer a lot of guidance on this blog on the practical side of digitisation, the challenges particular analog media represent, and best practice advice to safely mitigate these challenges. But as you know, digitising your collection is only the first step in the process of creating a digital archive. […]

Digitisation project with the National Jazz Archive featured in ARC magazine

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We are delighted to share that The Story of British Jazz digitisation project, in which TownsWeb Archiving partnered with the National Jazz Archive (NJA) to digitise and publish online the Archives unique jazz and blues collections, has been featured in May’s issue of ARC magazine. Opening up the National Jazz […]

Digitising the Story of British Jazz

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The National Jazz Archive, the UK’s most comprehensive archive of historical written and visual material relating to jazz music (pictured above), has recently completed its three-year HLF-funded digitisation and online archive project – “The Story of British Jazz.” The recently launched The Story of British Jazz website and digital archive […]

9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum online archive launched

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  We’re excited to announce that the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum’s archives are now live and available to access online as a complete, searchable digital archive. The 9th/12th Royal Lancers regiment’s prestigious collections, which were digitised by TownsWeb Archiving, include regimental journals, medal photographs, and personnel records dating back as […]

VIDEO: Merton Memories – Publishing 100 years of visual history online

Sarah Gould - Merton Heritage

“100 years of history in 15,000 photos” That’s the tagline chosen for the Merton Memories digital archiving project that we have recently completed in partnership with Merton Library & Heritage Service, and it perfectly sums up both the scale and importance of the project. Below you can watch an interview […]

TWA at the Museums+Heritage Show 2014

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We’re back from a very busy two days exhibiting at the Museums + Heritage Show 2014! Our Digitisation Consultants Simon and Calum attended the Show, and had a non-stop two days catching up with our most important clients from the cultural heritage sector: sharing the latest developments in our digitisation […]

TownsWeb project featured in February ARC magazine

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We are delighted to have had our recent digitisation and online archiving project with East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust featured in the February special edition of the Archives & Records Association’s ARC magazine! The project involved digitising a stunning collection of over 5000 rare and fragile photographs depicting the […]

Introducing the new website for PastView…

Introducing PastView

We are excited to announce the launch of a dynamic new website showcasing our innovative PastView digital collections management system: Digital archive management with PastView Of course, the website contains everything you need to know about our PastView system and how it can help make managing your archives easier. […]