Textiles & Wood
TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians are experts in heritage scanning and have a wealth of experience in textile digitisation, wood digitisation and fragile scanning.
Having worked with a number of organisations to capture their textile collections, ranging from curtains to tapestry, our team have a vast amount of experience in the lighting and detailed captures of such specialist items.
Digitisation protects your material from loss or damage and makes it quickly accessible. We can create output formats in TIFF, JPEG (JPEG2000), PDF (PDFA), or any other industry-standard format you may require.Find out how much your project could cost
Hear what our clients have to say about our digitisation services
TownsWeb Archiving have proved very able and extremely helpful in supporting us to bring a local heritage alive for local people. We would certainly recommend TownsWeb Archiving to other libraries, museums and archives.
Exhibition and Display Officer
We are delighted with the results. Without TownsWeb Archiving’s services we could not have completed the work in time and on budget. Their staff have been nothing but approachable, helpful and attentive and I can strongly recommend their services.
Head of Digital
TownsWeb offered us a complete end-to-end service, from scanning and transcription, to web design and content management software. Their work was completed quickly and to a high standard, and we are extremely pleased with the results.
Information & Archives Officer
Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
We use a bespoke range of high-resolution cameras, offering non-contact capture of your textiles and wood collections. Our equipment can capture single page or double-page spreads creating output formats in TIFF, JPEG (JPEG2000), PDF (PDFA) or any other industry-standard image format you may require. We can also create further surrogate files, such as OCR’d multi-page PDFs, MS Word and eBooks.
All files are captured by our highly trained digitisation technicians using overhead, daylight balanced, non-heat producing lighting, before undergoing a formal quality assurance checking procedure. The final step in the process is the delivery of your electronic files by hard drive.
As standard, TWA survey all material prior to any digitisation project being carried out to ensure that it can withstand the scanning process. If there is evidence of fragility, brittleness, and/or mould, or any other signs of damage to your textiles or wood collections, then recommendations will be made for how to repair and stabilise the content appropriately.
Some textiles, such as cloth, can often be bound like a book and this can cause difficulties with getting the material completely flat and without any curvature casting shadows ontothe material and along the gutter. They can also be quite bulky and tricky items to handle, however, our specialist equipment can be adjusted to compensate.
We do offer a secure collection and delivery service and this is something many of our clients request. Your material is registered in and out by our experienced drivers, and transported in secure, insured vehicles. Safe packing, stacking and handling procedures are always observed and we guarantee that your material never leaves our sight, being immediately placed under safe conditions upon arrival.
Publish your Textiles & Wood online
PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your textiles & wood online, offering great potential for access and discovery. Manage and publish your collection with:
- Advanced Search: Creating numerous deep dive opportunities into your collections
- High Resolution Zoom: Revealing every minute detail through large scale manipulation
- Print Facilities: Creating sources of revenue through the sale of glossy physical prints
- Watermarking Security: Safeguarding and protecting your images from copyright infringement