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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Brand Archives making the most of their digitised heritage

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Diageo Archives: Image courtesy of Diageo Archives   As The National Archives notes, there are many rewards to be reaped from brands digitising their heritage collections. Opening up access for employees to rediscover the brand’s heritage and unlock the value held there, reducing travel costs, and generating revenue from the […]

Digitisation & Religious Archives – RAG 2016 review

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Digitisation and Religious Archives was the theme of this year’s Religious Archives Group (RAG) annual conference, which I was lucky enough to attend at a sun-drenched Canterbury Cathedral earlier this week. Led by head of Archives and Library at Canterbury Cathedral, Cressida Williams, the day-long event featured five knowledgeable and […]

Digitising Winchcombe Council Cemeteries’ plot maps & burial records

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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 […]

Digitising the Microfilm collections of the National Army Museum

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You might expect projects to digitise microfilm archives to be mainly the preserve of libraries and record offices. But in the spirit of Museums Week I wanted to share the story of a recent project to scan a historic collection held by the prestigious National Army Museum (NAM). NAM’s collections […]