TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians have a wealth of experience in the digitisation of medieval manuscripts and fragile scanning, turning your manuscripts to digital.
This precious material forms a unique part of our cultural heritage and requires specialist knowledge and equipment. We are experienced experts in heritage scanning and regularly digitise exactly this type and format of material. Making valuable archives such as these digitally available is a prudent step that many holders are looking to take.Find out how much your project could cost
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
We use high-resolution planetary scanners and a range of high-resolution cameras, offering non-contact capture of your precious manuscript collection. 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. Manuscripts are often large and incredibly old making them susceptible to damage. If there is evidence of fragility, brittleness, pages being stuck together, rips, tears and/or mould, or any other signs of damage, then recommendations will be made for how to appropriately repair and stabilise your material.
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when costing your digitisation project, such as:
- Scale of collection
- Number of pages
Consequently, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to cost, but you can get a rough estimate using our digitisation quote calculator below.
Manuscripts, particularly Mediaeval manuscripts, typically contain vivid pigments, which were often achieved through alchemy, using plants, minerals and metals to achieve such vibrant tones. We can capture your manuscripts in all their stunning and colourful glory, achieving a high degree of accuracy, by using a colour key, used to match and manage colour capture. We then use software, such as Capture 1, to help make any manual adjustments necessary.
Calculate the cost of digitising your bound volume collections
Simply input your specifications into the FREE digitisation quote calculator below, to get an estimate of how much your project might cost. The prices quoted are indicative for your material quantity and type but are subject to any additional costs such as file naming, folder naming and any post-processing requirements you may have.
If you don’t see your specific material listed it might be that your content is more suited to an informal chat.
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Bound Volume Digitisation Quote Calculator
Important Note: We charge a standard £500 project set-up and management fee in addition to the cost of digitisation.
Capture the data within your Manuscripts
Digitisation places your manuscripts in the perfect format to capture the valuable data contained within them, offering great potential for system integration and online access and discovery.
Capture the data within your collection with handwritten transcription, identifying any handwritten or cursive script within images and converting this to searchable and machine readable textual metadata through a process of scanning. Using bespoke transcription validation software we can guarantee highly accurate results, carrying out any preprocessing measures required and outputting to any format.Learn more about Handwritten Transcription
Publish your published Manuscripts online
PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your manuscripts online, offering great potential for access and discovery. Manage and publish your collection with:
- Page Turning: Offering a smooth and elegant ‘real feel’ experience
- Volume and Page Metadata: Assigning attributes to create an efficient collection structure
- High Resolution Zoom: Revealing every minute detail through large scale manipulation
- Keyword Search & Advanced Filters: Creating numerous deep dive opportunities into your collections