TownsWeb Archiving Blog

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 […]

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 […]

Announcing the winners: TWA Digitisation Grant 2016

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When we launched our first ever TWA Digitisation Grant this year we had no idea what a huge response we would receive. We knew that lack of digitisation funding was one of the major challenges preventing archives, museums, galleries and special collections libraries from digitising their collections and making them […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 – Applications Closed

And so the applications deadline for the first ever TWA Digitisation Grant has now passed… The response to this grant has been phenomenal – with bids from over 80 of the most prestigious archives, museums, special collections libraries and galleries being submitted. Each and every one promised a fascinating and […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 launched

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This month marks the launch of our brand new TWA Digitisation Grant, a chance for you to get a helping hand in making that digitisation project you’ve had in mind a reality. Grant awards up to £4000 available The new fund will award grants of up to £4000 to archives, […]

Getting stakeholder Buy-in for your digitisation project

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Archive digitisation projects can require a lot of resources – staff/volunteers, equipment, time, and of course financial resources. This is particularly true if you choose to carry out your project entirely in-house, but also to a lesser extent even if you partner with an external digitisation provider. So whichever way […]