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TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grants

by on November 24, 2016

TownsWeb Archiving reveals digitisation grant winners

Following over 99 applications from UK heritage institutions and three weeks of evaluation by an independent judging panel, TownsWeb Archiving has announced the winners of its inaugural TWA Digitisation Grant.

TownsWeb Archiving has announced that the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum redevelopment project and Blackpool Culture’s High Flying Stars Circus Posters project have been declared the winners and runners-up of the TWA Digitisation Grant 2016, receiving £4,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The judging panel for the Grant was composed of three influential heritage industry professionals: Archives & Records Association Chief Executive, John Chambers; HLF appointed Expert Advisor, Claire Adler; and Senior Digitisation Consultant at TownsWeb, Paul Sugden.

Speaking on the Grant and the selection process, John Chambers said:

“I was surprised by the range and quality of the applications. From community groups to national institutions the breadth of material needing digitisation was truly represented, and demonstrated what many of us know already – there is an urgent need to properly fund digitisation before material becomes inaccessible.

Thank you to TWA for putting up a fund, without any catches, that is a step towards meeting the need.”

Speaking about their successful grant win Carol Miller,  capital appeal manager at Argyll & Sutherland Regimental Museum, said:

“I’m on a complete high – especially considering the number of applicants for the award and the amount of passion that our team all have for our Museum.  We (The Argylls) know of its relevance and importance but a real joy to know that the judges were able to glean that from our application. 

When planning our 3-year Redevelopment Project, we acknowledged that management and care of the collection was imperative in providing a lasting legacy of The Argyll story – and digitisation is one of the most important elements of that strand.”

TownsWeb Archiving plans to run the Digitisation Grant again in May 2017.

To find out more about the winning projects here.

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