- Archiving the arts
- Digitisation consortium
- Discovery: finding archives and their collections
- Explore Your Archive toolkit
- Family and estate records
- First World War and archives
- Funding the archives sector
- Giving value: fundraising capacity for the archive sector
- London 2012
- Manorial Documents Register
- Records surveys
- Transforming Archives
- Volunteering research project
- 20-year rule and records of local interest
Digitisation of paper records is a huge opportunity for the archives sector to reach audiences far broader than those who visit archives in person. Commercial digitisation has already put millions of pages online and continues to grow.
There are opportunities for the sector to come together and exploit economies of scale for digitisation and licensing with the commercial sector. We are currently piloting this approach, bringing together over 100 services to digitise school registers dating from before 1914.
Stages in the pilot are:
- scoping and developing a consortium bid for a major record series, with support from the sector
- identifying regional hubs willing and able to act as secure scanning points
- surveying the record series proposed in terms of size, number of images, condition and conservation needs, if a proposal goes forward
- offering support, advice on contracts and commercial proposals
Following an invitation to express interest and supplier days held at Manchester Archives and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in June 2011, bids were considered and contract negotiations are now proceeding.
Future national series which might be explored include:
- quarter sessions
- petty sessions
- Poor Law records
- school records
- 1910 valuation records
- parish registers
For more information please contact the initiative development manager.