TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 winners revealed

After receiving over 100 applications, a new record, and evaluation byan independent judging panel, TownsWeb Archiving has announced the winnersof its 2017 Digitisation Grant.

TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 winners revealed

TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 winners announcedAfter receiving over 100 applications, a new record, and evaluation by an independent judging panel, TownsWeb Archiving has announced the winners of its 2017 Digitisation Grant.

This year’s winner is Dorset History Centre with its project to preserve the deteriorating Graham Herbert Collection, a unique 7000-strong collection of photographic negatives taken by the eponymous local Weymouth photographer between 1953 and 1983. Dorset History Centre wins the primary grant of £5000 funding, provided in the form of TWA digitisation services.

The 2017 runner up prize of £2000 went to Birmingham Museums Trust, to support their project to digitise the Birmingham History Trade Documents Collection. The collection offers an unmatched insight into the city’s commercial history, featuring trade catalogues, advertisements, correspondence and other documents.

Last year’s esteemed judging panel returned once again to assess the 2017 applicants - featuring the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland)’s Chief Executive, John Chambers; HLF-appointed Expert Advisor, Claire Adler; and Senior Digitisation Consultant at TownsWeb, Paul Sugden.

Speaking on the winning Dorset History Centre project, Judge Claire Adler said:

“The urgent need to digitise these photographs was eloquently communicated as well as the need to record and reinterpret a way of life which is currently changing in Dorset. The images have already been used with people with learning disabilities, and I was delighted to see that they will be using the images to engage with communities across the region. I wish them every success with their project.”

On hearing of her application’s success, Cassandra Pickavance, archivist at Dorset History Centre and lead applicant, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded the funding from TWA to save the Herbert collection from being lost due to the irreversible deterioration of the negatives. We look forward to continuing to share the fantastic images of our recent past in outreach activities with a wide range of people.”

TownsWeb Archiving plans to offer the Grant again in May 2018.

To watch the live winners announcement and find out more about this year’s winning projects click here