Digitisation of Jodrell Bank Observatory Records

January 26th, 2022

Jodrell Bank – Hand Written Observation Records

Jodrell Bank Observatory is a British observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The observatory was established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.

Pearl Scan Solutions historical archives digitisation team worked with the Jodrell Bank team to scan and convert historical hand written diaries to digital records, protecting the work of astronomers who had been involved in the facility over the years.

Using our overhead books and bound material scanners, the diaries were scanned by our trained scanners and images were converted to digital PDF files. The diaries were indexed to produced the required filing and retrieval folder/file structure. Post-Scan image processing work was carried out to de-skew, enhance and optimise the digital images for storage, readability and long term digital storage & preservation of records.

The scanned data was securely delivered via Pearl’s very own portal as well as fixed media along with the originals.

The project was completed as a priority order to ensure minimum  removal of the records and secure digital backup.

Our logistics and production teams ensured safe transportation of the material using our dedicated vehicles and trained delivery personnels.