TownsWeb Archiving reveals grant winners

Following 99 applications from UK heritage institutions and threeweeks of evaluation by an independent judging panel, TownsWeb Archivinghas today announced the winners of its inauguralTWA Digitisation Grant.

3rd October 2016

TownsWeb Archiving reveals digitisation grant winners

ARA news TWA Digitisation Grant winners announcedFollowing 99 applications from UK heritage institutions and three weeks of evaluation by an independent judging panel, TownsWeb Archiving has today announced the winners of its inaugural TWA Digitisation Grant.

The winners are Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum redevelopment project, with Blackpool Culture’s High Flying Stars Circus Posters project runners-up, receiving £4,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The judging panel for the Grant was composed of three influential heritage industry professionals: 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 Grant and the selection process, John Chambers said:

“I was surprised by the range and quality of the applications. From community groups to national institutions, the breadth of material needing digitisation was truly represented, and demonstrated what many of us know already - there is an urgent need to properly fund digitisation before material becomes inaccessible. Thank you to TWA for putting up a genuinely open fund that takes us a step towards meeting the need.”

Speaking about her organisation’s successful grant win, Carol Miller, capital appeal manager at Argyll & Sutherland Regimental Museum, said:

“I’m on a complete high - especially considering the number of applicants for the award and the amount of passion that our team all have for our Museum.  We (The Argylls) know of its relevance and importance, but it is a real joy to know that the judges gleaned that from our application.

When planning our 3-year Redevelopment Project, we acknowledged that management and care of the collection was imperative in providing a lasting legacy of The Argyll story - and digitisation is one of the most important elements of that strand.”

TownsWeb Archiving plans to run the Digitisation Grant again in May 2017. 

To find out more about the winning projects, click here.