Archive Scanning and Digital Storage Services
Our archive scanning services offers professional and confidential scanning, digitisation and indexing for 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, newspapers and various types of documents.
High archive volumes
Our custom-built scanning centre has the infrastructure to digitise high volume archives.
Whether you require your archive collection to be scanned and digitised in one bulk scanning session or to be scanned over a period of time, we can securely collect your archives from anywhere in the UK for your convenience.
Scanned archive tailored to your preferred resolution and digital formats
We understand that no archive digitisation project is the same. As a result, we tailor our archive conversion to your preferred scanning resolution and digital file formats to meet your archive scanning project purpose.
- 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.
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. Read more...
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 we are certified to ISO security, confidentiality and quality standards.
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 a digital archive
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 accidental circumstances, the valuable information it contained 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.