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Glass Plate Negatives

Glass Plate Negatives Scanning

Digitising old, fragile glass plate negatives and lantern slides is no problem for our accredited technicians, who have years of experience scanning glass plates and understand the unique challenges they present.

We have equipment that is capable of digitising glass plate negatives and lantern slides up to A3 size (approx. 42x30cm). Our technicians are professionally trained in the handling of this extremely fragile medium and are able to successfully convert most items to digital format, regardless of condition – including deteriorating glass plates which may have peeling emulsion, cracks and scratches.

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Why use TownsWeb Archiving?

Expert Digitisation Consultants

Expert Digitisation Consultants

A wealth of experience in working together to develop the right plan to reach your goals for preservation.

Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK

Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK

Working with some of the largest organisations in the UK, we understand the long-term risks to your archive.

In-House Collection and Delivery Service

In-House Collection and Delivery Service

To guarantee secure collection and delivery, your valuable material never leaves our sight.

Accredited Digitisation Studio Team

Accredited Digitisation Studio Team

Fully trained and experienced in the handling and digitisation of your most delicate artefacts.

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Unique Web Publishing Platform

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Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions

We digitise (or “scan”) glass plates by using specialist advanced equipment to capture extremely high resolution images.

During the image capture process, we can also organise the digital image files by incorporating metadata into the filenames; such as the date they were taken or what equipment was used to capture them.

Digitising glass plate collections can ensure that unique and valuable content is preserved in digital form, in case the worst should happen and the originals become damaged or destroyed. This high resolution digital back up can then be used to reprint the images if necessary.

Once you have a digital library of glass plate images we can help you index, transcribe and add appropriate metadata. We can help you maintain your image collection by importing the files and metadata into our PastView content management system (or into your own existing system).

If you are interested in displaying your images online for the public to view then we can build complete archive websites (or web pages that sit within your existing website) that allow fast advanced searching and incorporate payment gateways so that the public can find and then pay for physical prints or digital copies of your images. Find out more about our Software and Website Design services.

We can also provide improved access to your collections and increase the speed of finding images, by enabling searching. Attaching metadata to the digitised images allows for quick keyword searching through the digitised collections.

As specialists in digitising fragile archive collections, our scanning staff are fully trained in professional handling procedures for working with delicate books and employ a gentle, “white gloves” approach at all times, to ensure no harm comes to the materials.

We are happy to remove your glass plates from card sleeves/envelopes during the digitisation process, carefully replacing them in the packaging when the scanning has been completed.

We utilise unique, specialist flatbed scanners, which place the absolute minimum of pressure on the glass plates and mitigate any chance of damaging the precious original materials during the digitisation process. We can scan any size negative in a variety of DPI and output types.

Our How to Digitise Glass Plate Negatives guide is a helpful resource to find out more about this process.

We appreciate that your photo collections are very valuable and so you may not want them to be moved from your premises. For this reason we offer an on-site digitisation service and are happy to travel to your premises with our staff and equipment to scan your photographs.

However, if you are comfortable allowing your collection to be transported to our digitisation studios for scanning, we are also happy to collect and return from your premises, using our own specially trained staff and GPS tracked vehicles. Find out more about our on-site & off-site scanning service.

We are able to scan glass plates to produce the digital format most appropriate to fulfil the aims of your digitisation project, including TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, and Adobe PDF formats.

As standard we recommend digitising glass plate negatives to uncompressed RGB TIFF files at a minimum resolution of 600dpi and 16-bit pixel depth when creating master files. However, we are more than happy to accommodate any specific requirements you may have, such as differing resolutions or file formats.

We will also, as standard, convert the negative images to positives and perform contrast adjustments in order to ensure that you receive the clearest possible digital images.

Calculate the cost of your digitisation project

Enter your digitisation requirements and tick the box to confirm whether you would like us to get in touch to discuss your requirements further. If you’re not quite ready to use our online quote calculator, feel free to call on 01536 713834 or email us [email protected]