Digitising Glass Plate Negatives - Seeing the North with Sankey


Glass plate negatives are one of the most fragile materials we work with at TownsWeb Archiving and the one sure way to safeguard their precious content is to digitise them, reducing the need for manual handling and the subsequent wear and tear. It is also prudent to consider the very real risks posed by fire, flood or theft and, so, when it comes to digitisation, there’s no time like the present.

Take a look below at some of the wonderful glass plate negatives, digitised as part of the 'Seeing the North with Sankey' project. Or click here to watch our video, demonstrating our digitisation process when handling these fragile glass plate negatives. 

Seeing the North with Sankey

Black and white image of two men sat on a bench overlooking a boating lake

We recently had the pleasure of being involved with Signal Film and Media in respect of their National Lottery Heritage  funded ‘Seeing the North with Sankey’ project. This saw glass plate negatives, as well as a number of photograph albums, captured and digitised over a three month period, in order to safeguard and protect the vast collection. This culturally significant project connected people, documenting the life and times of the Barrow and Cumbria regions. 

Black and white image of men and women watching a rough sea from the beach

Now this stunning content will forever be protected for the benefit of generations to come, thanks to digitisation.

Black and white shop front with window display and people walking byLakeland dry cleaning lorry parked on cobbled street

Click here to learn all about this fascinating project and why not get involved yourself and take part in one of their upcoming workshops!


Learn how we can digitise your fragile glass plate negatives

We have produced a video to demonstrate how we go about digitising this type of delicate material and we hope that you find it an informative and useful resource in helping you to take that next all-important step.


Visit our glass plate negatives page to find out more or speak with one our expert digitisation consultants to discuss your unique requirements.

Not ready to get in touch? Well you can get an idea of how much your project might cost, by using our free digitisation quote calculator, a popular resource with collection holders.  

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