TownsWeb Archiving Blog

Preparing for an Archive Digitisation project: 4 crucial questions to consider

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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 […]

Workflows for digitising glass plate negatives: Scanner vs DSLR camera

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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

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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 […]

How to market and promote your Business Archive

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Every organisation has a different reason for marketing and promoting its archive. For a new archive, these activities might be associated with establishing the archive as a service, developing the collections and justifying investment in staff, resources, digitisation etc. This was the case with the Peel Group, which prior to […]

Introduction to archival selection and narrative in digital collections

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Before you commence your glorious heritage digitisation project, you must select the items and collections you wish to digitise. Often this is no simple decision as a number of competing factors come into play; the condition of the materials, available time and human resources, equipment, and of course budget are […]

Is the archives sector finally securing its rightful place in our digital future?

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The Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, had a busy March – with the launches of both the UK Digital Strategy and the new Archives Unlocked strategic vision. The UK Digital Strategy sets out the government’s ambition for the UK to be a “world-leading digital economy that […]

Crowdfunding cultural heritage digitisation: the Peter Mackay archive project

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At a time when heritage budgets are being stretched and competition for grants and awards is fierce, crowdfunding provides an additional alternative way of obtaining support for cataloguing and digitising your collections. At Stirling University Archives, between November 2016 and January 2017 we were able to raise £8100 via crowdfunding […]

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 […]

Introduction to using Instagram to promote archive collections

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If you have yet to discover how Instagram can help to promote your archive, and specifically your digitised collections, then this blog post is for you. Using Instagram to share archive material is not only easy to use and cheap (free in fact – the only cost is a small […]

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 […]