TownsWeb Archiving Blog

Most-read Bereavement digitisation blog posts of 2016

Ryan Kyle - TownsWeb Archiviing

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 […]

How to Digitise… Large format Maps, Plans and more


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 […]

Digitising Winchcombe Council Cemeteries’ plot maps & burial records

Gemma Cattell - TownsWeb Archiving

Like many local town councils, Winchcombe Town Council Cemetery (WTCC) holds a number of historical burial plot maps and Burial registers. But due to prolonged, frequent use the condition of the plot maps and burial registers was rapidly deteriorating. What’s more searching through the registers to find particular records, for […]

Scanning burial records for a West Midlands cemetery

Burial record digitisation

This week our digitisation operatives have been hard at work scanning a collection of fragile burial records from the early 1900’s for a cemetery in the West Midlands, UK. All of the records are being digitised using our advanced planetary scanning equipment, to produce high resolution 300dpi Master TIFF files […]

Fear & Metadata in the Midlands – Adventures of a Digitisation Consultant

Paul Sugden - Digitisation strategy consultant

I have been whizzing around the country again this week, mainly spending time visiting our clients in the Midlands and London… The Fear… Whilst in the Midlands I met with one of our corporate clients.  We have been a digitisation partner with this client for some time, scanning various types […]

Three reasons 2014 is the year to Digitise your Burial Records

digitisation burial records

Why digitise your Burial Records? After all, they still serve their purpose just fine don’t they? Of course physical burial registers are relatively reliable and have been used for a long time, but they can also be painfully slow to check, require virtually endless maintenance, and are extremely vulnerable to […]