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MLAG Conference 2020 – Managing research data for the cultural sector

The 2020 MLAG Conference – “Managing research data for the cultural sector” – will take place at the Stevenson Lecture Theatre in the British Museum on Friday 21st February from 10:30 to 16:00

The aim of the conference is to consider the RDM landscape more generally, the implications for Independent Research Organisations and to look at some case studies from the museum/cultural heritage sector.

The conference is free, but booking is essential. Further details and a link to the booking system can be found at:

Conference Programme:

10.30 Registration

10.50 Welcome

11.00 Tao-Tao Chang (Head of Infrastructure, AHRC)
– ‘The UKRI Research and Innovation Infrastructure Programme: Overview and Opportunities’

11.40 John Kaye (JISC)

12.20 Neil Beagrie
– ‘Managing research data – some views on retention, deletion, and future value’

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Torsten Reimer (British Library)
– “Alone in the Dark? Research Data and Open Science Infrastructures as Community Challenges”

2.40 Rupert Shepherd and Pippa Wainwright (National Gallery)
– ‘Problems and provisional projects: creating a digital dossier for every painting in the National Gallery’

3.20 Refreshment break

3.40 Question and Answer session

4.00 Finish

2018 Digitisation Grant Winners Announced by TownsWeb Archiving


TownsWeb Archiving has announced the winners of its annual TWA Digitisation Grant 2018, which offers funding grants of up to £5000 to enable UK cultural heritage institutions to digitise their collections. The Grant received a whole host of excellent applications from archives, museums, libraries and galleries looking to fund projects to digitally preserve their collections and open up access to them online.

Following shortlisting and scoring by a panel of three judges, including chief executive of the Archives & Records Association – John Chambers, Independent heritage consultant – Claire Adler, and Managing director – Paul Sugden; two funding winners were announced.

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre won the first prize award, the Primary Grant for £5000, with its proposed project to digitise a large proportion of photographic negatives from its Kentish Times Newspapers collection. The project was submitted by Bexley Archives manager Gemma Cook and plans to digitise 15,000 unique negatives, which feature photographs taken by Kentish Times photographers between 1964-98, in order to make the collection digitally accessible. “These archives from a local newspaper hold a mirror up to national and local events and as a result this project will give people new opportunities to understand how and why North West Kent changed from 1964 – 1998. I look forward to seeing how the photographs held by the paper are used with community groups and schools in the future”  said Claire Adler, explaining why Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre’s proposed project was such a worthy winner.

The Secondary Grant for £2000 was awarded to The Royal Mint Museum, to support its project “Digitising the Waterloo Medal Roll” submitted by Collections manager Sarah Tyley. The Royal Mint Museum project aims to digitise the bound handwritten medal roll, which lists the names of all those who were awarded campaign medals (produced by The Royal Mint) for taking part in the Battle of Waterloo. It then plans to transcribe each of the 41,920 entries to create an interactive, searchable digital version of the medal roll – which will be added to the Royal Mint Museum website and the Royal Mint Experience exhibition. This will allow these unique records to be discovered and accessed by genealogists, historians and researchers far more widely. Speaking about The Museum’s project, judge John Chambers said:“A project with a truly international importance.  Making the names of all those awarded the Waterloo campaign medal available to read and search for the first time in their entirety will be an invaluable resource.”

TownsWeb Archiving plans to offer the Grant funding again in May 2019.

Readers can watch the winners announcement and find out more about this year’s successful projects in the Grant winners blog post.

TWA Digitisation Grant homepage:


TWA Cultural heritage Digitisation Grant fund returns for third year

MLAG-image (002)After providing over £12,000 of support for UK cultural heritage institutions and business archives to digitise their holdings in its first two years, the TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grant has returned once more in 2018.

The Grant has funding awards of up to £5000 available to help archives, museums, libraries and galleries digitise and open up access to their collections.

Any UK heritage organisation is welcome to apply for the funding, simply by completing and submitting the Grant application form. As in previous years, each bid will be scored across three core criteria: heritage need, social and community impact, and research impact.

As in previous years, applications will be assessed by a three-strong judging panel made up of John Chambers, chief executive of the Archives & Records Association; Claire Adler, independent HLF mentor and heritage consultant; and Paul Sugden, lead digitisation consultant at TownsWeb Archiving.

The deadline for TWA Digitisation Grant applications is 12th July 2018. Find out how to apply and read more details at:

Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre Workshops

These events are free and will be held in April and May 2018 at the historic Collcutt building at 71 Fenchurch Street.  Further details from Sean Clemenson,, +44 (0)20 7423 2786

How to use the Register of Ships – Mon 23 April

How to research your Lloyd’s Register family -Tues 24 April –

Using Ship Plans and Surveys – Wed 2 May

General Q&A session with the public – Friday 4 May