Our most popular resources from 2023 and what’s to come in 2024!


Welcome back to the office…the archive, the museum, the library, the gallery, or wherever you happen to call your workspace! We hope you had a wonderful festive break and are looking forward to discovering what 2024 has in store for us all! 


We thought we would kick off the year by giving a little credit to our most popular resources and stories from 2023, before sharing a sneak peek at what to expect in the coming weeks and months of 2024. Now, without any more delay, let's start the new year on a high note by showcasing the resources that you found the most useful and interesting in 2023!

Hall of Fame - Our most popular resources for 2023

So, let’s begin with a look and very brief overview of our five most popular resources for 2022:


TWA Digitisation Grant 2023: Winners Announcement!

After an incredible turnout to the winners announcement on the 30th of August 2023, brought to you straight from the ARA Conference in Belfast, we were very pleased to spread the news of this year's three lucky grant winners!

Every year we receive a phenomenal response to the grant and this year saw an unprecedented level of downloads and submissions. The standard, as always, was incredibly high and the competition fierce. Our judges have come to expect that they will be faced with a huge challenge. But, of course, there can only be three lucky winners. So who were they? Watch our recorded winners announcement to find out:

Discover the TWA Digitisation Winners




Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) comes to PastView!

We are proud to be one of the first digital collection platforms to offer Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR)! 

Both Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) are now available on the PastView Platform, providing users with the ability to automatically recognise text within typed and handwritten documents. 

Learn more about Handwritten Text Recognition



Digitisation Sources of Funding Guide 2023/24!

Anyone who has embarked upon a digitisation project will know that this comes at a cost. From the initial collection and transportation of delicate archives to the digitising, transcription and publishing of that material, time and handling add up. Consequently, funding can present a real issue.

That is why we crafted the digitisation sources of funding guide, to help small to large heritage organisations find funding to help protect their invaluable collections! 

Explore the sources of funding



What to expect from a standout digitisation supplier (+ FREE resources!)

Here we give you a clear idea and explanation of what online discovery and enhanced access should look like, ensuring your results are within budget while maximising available funds. Our workflow has proved incredibly popular offering specialist tips and advice to help you communicate your expectations when securing that standout digitisation supplier.

Discover the nine main steps to our digitisation workflow



All's well that ends well: A multi-digitisation project to include Shakespeare's First Folio

This is the story of a joint project involving AM, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), and TownsWeb Archiving (TWA). A story about the digitisation of Shakespeare’s work, and the creation of exceptional resources to support ongoing research in theatre and Shakespeare studies.

To learn more about this fantastic collaboration read the full article by following the link below!

Read the article



BACS enhances access to Scotland's rich business history with PastView

BACS & PastView partner to launch a new website marking a significant landmark in BACS’ ongoing commitment to preserving and promoting Scotland’s business and industrial history. PastView has facilitated this milestone by offering increased searchability and ingestion of the two collections: the Scottish Business and Industrial Journal, and the BACS Newsletterwhich ran from 1966-1976.

Want to learn more about this remarkable project? Follow the link below

Read the article


Sneak Peek at 2024!

But what about the year ahead, what do we have planned here at TWA? As it happens, quite a lot! Let’s start with the following. For the rest, you'll just have to wait and see!

  • TWA Insights from our digitisation technicians & the PastView publishing team
    Discover insightful content with contributions from our expert digitisation and software teams. 
  • Learn why PastView is perfect for all manner of materials in your archive
    Targeted resources and information that drill down to exactly your material type, helping you to clearly see the advantages and benefits of PastView for your own unique collections.  
  • Customer stories
    Hear all about the incredible archives undergoing digital transformations and see what they are doing to protect and captivate their audiences.
  • Digitisation & Publishing Resources
    Regular campaigns driven by the creation of tailored digitisation and publishing resources to support heritage organisations navigate the move from physical to digital...and beyond!    
  • TWA Digitisation Grant 2024
    The esteemed TWA Digitisation Grant is returning for 2024, bigger and better year on year. Who will be this year’s lucky winners? Read our grant news, hints, tips and regular releases and perhaps this time it could be you!
  • Much, much more!
    It never ends! You can expect all of the above and much much more. It’s going to be a very busy 2024!

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