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Funding: TWA cultural heritage Digitisation Grant 2017 now open

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We launched the TWA Digitisation Grant last year, as a way to contribute to the heritage sector and to support UK cultural heritage institutions that wanted to digitise their archive collections, but were unable to due to funding barriers. Following incredibly positive feedback for last year’s grant and a whole […]

TWA Digitisation Grant winners featured in February ARC magazine

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I’m delighted to share that an article about our TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 is featured in this month’s Film, Sound & Photography special edition of ARC magazine. The article shares our motivations and thinking behind launching the Digitisation Grant, as well as the core criteria our judges used to assess […]

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 […]

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 […]

DCDC16 Conference review: collections, connections, collaboration

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Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is an annual Archives, Libraries and Museums conference that is now in its fourth year. This was my second time at the event and, having only attended for one day last year, I managed to go to a lot more sessions this time around. Both times […]

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, […]

TWA Digitisation Funding Grant 2016

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This year we are launching a funding stream to support archives and other heritage organisations in digitising their collections. Local authority archives, business archives, museums, galleries and libraries in the UK will all be eligible to apply for the grant funding. Details of the grant scheme and the application process […]

Digitising architectural plans for University of Arts London’s institutional memory project

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For the past nine months the University of the Arts London’s (UAL) Archives and Special Collections Centre has run an ‘Institutional Memory Project’. This was set up to survey, collect and capture (and digitise) UAL’s institutional memory – that is, the stories, facts, experiences, knowledge and concepts that have informed […]