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2018 Digitisation Grant Winners Announced by TownsWeb Archiving

by on August 9, 2018


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.

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