Archive Scanning Services
Our archive scanning service offers professional scanning, digitisation and indexing for your archives. We understand your archive collections can range in various types and sizes. Our archive scanning services caters from the size of a postage stamp up to A0, such as photographs, maps, books, manuscripts, publications, magazines and newspapers and various types of documents. From the result of us creating our custom-built scanning centre we have the infrastructure to work with high volume archives.
Whether you require your archive to be digitised in one bulk scanning session or selected sections to be scanned at one time, we can securely collect your archive from anywhere in the UK.
Tailored archive scanning to digital formats and resolutions
We understand that no digitisation projects are the same. As a result, we tailor the resolution and file formats of the digital outputs we produce to meet the goals of each project we undertake.
- Digitalisation to RAW format means we are able to capture in full colour, greyscale or bi-tonal.
- From the original captured image, we then produce outputs in Adobe PDF file formats, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and either uncompressed or with compression applied.
We are also able to digitise film-based media in the form of 35mm rolls, slides, negatives, positives and strips, and microfiche as well as scanning collodion wet, gelatine dry glass plate negatives and a whole range of other formats:
- Fragile books and documents
- Books (bound, hardback/paperback)
- Minute books
- Large format maps
- Glass plate negatives
- Burial and cremation registers
- 35mm slides
Scanning your precious historical archives
Our scanning bureau uses low stress, flatbed digitising equipment that has been specifically designed to fully support and place absolute minimum pressure on the materials being digitised. In addition to sympathetic cradles, the scanners utilise optimised LED lighting, which produces far less heat and infra-red energy than traditional incandescent light sources. This lessens the risk of heat damaging the precious materials being digitised. Read more...
Our scanning equipment also features industry leading document capture devices capable of digitising images to a very high resolution, resulting in high quality master digital archives.
Fragile items are treated with utmost care by our professional and experienced scanning staff. Our scanning facility is tailor-made to meet the many requirements of our clients, meaning it caters for security, safety and confidentiality. Our aim has always been to provide a digitisation service that delivers outstanding image capture quality, together with absolute care for the special collections that we are entrusted with. And we are proud to say we have achieved this over the course of several hundred projects with some of the most culturally significant heritage collections in the UK and internationally.
The benefits of creating digital archive storage
One of the biggest challenges archivists face is the need to balance the preservation of their materials and protecting them from the environmental and daily handling harm, with the need to provide easy access to the information that they contain.
Digitalising old, fragile and precious collections and creating a digital archive storage offers two main benefits: Read more...
Firstly, as digital images preserve their contents in a digital form, should the original item ever be lost or destroyed in accident, the valuable information it contained is will not be lost. Digitisation also contributes to the preservation of the item by allowing its information to be accessed without physically handling it and extending the items’ life-cycle by reducing wear on the precious original.
Secondly, digitising archive materials can greatly improve access due to them being made readily available via disk or internet. This can completely remove the need to handle archives that often come in large and heavy volumes, or sift through index cards to retrieve a particular record or image. Indexing or cataloguing data or an image in digital collections makes them easily searchable by allowing them to be searched using keywords or through indexes in an instant.