TownsWeb Archiving Blog

Case study: Digitising the National Holocaust Centre & Museum’s collection


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 […]

ARA Digitising your Photographic Collections: event round-up

Adrian Autton of Westminster Archives presenting at Digitising your Photographic Collections

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Digitising your Photographic Collections event at Westminster Archive Centre, organised by Elspeth Millar and David Baldwin of the ARA’s section for Film, Sound, & Photography (FSPS). The aim of the training event was to share practical, real-world advice with archivists interested […]

Digitisation Project Planning Tool (FREE download)

lady planning digitisation on a whiteboard

When approaching external suppliers to partner with on a digitisation project, or preparing an application for funding, preparing as much information as possible about the collection(s) you want to digitise from minute one can really save time. Not to mention help to accurately forecast project timescales and provide accurate projected costs […]

Preparing cultural heritage materials to be Digitised

Preparing materials for digitisation

When it comes to any task, as the saying goes ‘preparation is key’ and this is never truer than when undertaking heritage digitisation projects. Although it can increase the lead time of a project, carrying out pre-digitisation checks and thoroughly preparing materials prior to digitising them is vital in producing […]

Sefton Looking Back photographic digital archive launched online

Sefton Looking Back digital archive - record

Sefton Council Library Service has just launched a new digital archive website featuring over 1000 remarkable images from its 45,000 strong historical photograph collection. The digitised photographs in the archive span from the late 19th century, through WW1 and WW2, all the way up to the late 1980s: providing an […]

Choosing a Digitisation supplier: Lessons from the Fairfax Media story

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It’s a digitisation horror story we are sure you’ve already heard… September 2013. Australian news company Fairfax Media employs Rogers Photo Archive (RPA), a digitisation firm based in Arkansas, USA, to digitise a precious but deteriorating photographic collection from its oldest newspaper archive – the Sydney Morning Herald. The priceless […]

9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum online archive launched

9th/12th Royal Lancers archive image

  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 […]

Invaluable 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum archives digitally preserved online

Digitised 9th/12th Royal Lancers emblem

The Museum of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers regiment, in partnership with TownsWeb Archiving, has digitally preserved a selection of heritage materials that tell the story of the iconic cavalry regiment’s history; including soldier records, regimental journals, medal records and photograph albums. A Regimental Legacy at Risk “With records dating from […]

In the Picture – Making the most of images inside & outside your collection

Paul Sugden

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend our local CILIP Study Group’s workshop on making the best use of digital images in library collections, at CILIPs headquarters in London. As part of the day I got to hear from three people really pushing the envelope with the scope and innovation […]

VIDEO: “The Full English” – Digitising the English Folk Dance & Song Society archives

Ryan Kyle - Marketing Manager 2014

In our latest video interview Malcolm Taylor OBE, former Library Director of the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS), talks about “The Full English” digital preservation project. The HLF-funded project aimed to create the largest digital archive of English song, dance and folklore in the world, and TWA was […]