TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians have a wealth of experience in scanning photos, offering you an expert photo scanning service.
Any references on loose or mounted photographs (front or back) can also be captured, and our digitisation technicians are experienced in the removal of items from the wallets or envelopes in which they are stored. Our technicians can also enhance photos by straightening and cropping.
Digitisation protects your photographs from loss or damage and makes them quickly accessible. We can create output formats in TIFF and JPEG (JPEG2000), or any other industry-standard image format you may require. We can also create further surrogate files or reduced resolution for the creation of thumbnails, for example.Find out how much your project could cost
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Hear what our clients have to say about our digitisation services
I can safely say that with TownsWeb I happily recommended them to other companies for similar scanning and digitisation [projects] because I know they can be trusted. They can be relied upon to get the job done… they get it right, first time, every time.
Thanks to the digitisation carried out by TownsWeb, we have been able to extend the reach of our collections, for example by using the high quality images on our website. This makes the material available for those that cannot physically get to our museum due to its rural location, but also globally for research and educational purposes.
Museum Curator & Project Leader
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.
Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
We use bespoke, high-resolution flatbed scanners and a range of high-resolution cameras, offering non-contact capture of your precious photograph 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 photographs, such as them sticking together, then recommendations will be made for how to repair and stabilise the content appropriately.
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when costing your digitisation project, such as:
- Scale of the collection
- Photographs needing to be removed from and returned to sleeves and albums
- Photographs being stuck together
Consequently, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to cost, but you can get a rough estimate using our digitisation calculator.
Yes, photos are often marked with dates, names and details of places and events, and this information carries huge significance and often sentimental value too. We can capture this data through handwritten transcription during the digitisation process so that it is not lost. Ask us about data capture.
Calculate the cost of digitising your loose items 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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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 Photographs
Digitisation places your photographs 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 Photographs online
PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your photographs online, offering great potential for access and discovery. Manage and publish your collection with:
- High Resolution Zoom: Revealing every minute detail through large scale manipulation
- Featured Collections: Gathering specific images into their own collections to showcase them
- Digital Downloads: Making select items uniquely accessible in order to generate revenue
- Watermarking Security: Safeguarding and protecting your images from copyright infringement