Massive photography archive at local museum conserved and made accessible by Heritage Volunteers in Fife

Previously the photographs were stored in cupboards and were available to view by appointment. The volunteers are scanning the photographs at home and in their own time. Once scanned the images are uploaded to the museum’s database. The group are about to start work on the photographic slides and scrapbooks and are also currently scanning the scrapbook of the Girls' Guildry in St Andrews from 1912-1940.

Samantha Bannerman, Curator at St Andrew’s Preservation Trust Museum says – “Since the scanning of the archive started the group have digitised over 10,000 photographs. Around 12% of the archive was digitised before the project commenced, and we now have over 80% of the photographs scanned and uploaded to the museum’s database, Adlib.

The digitisation of this archive has meant that we can deal with enquiries much quicker as we no longer have to look out original photographs, and it has ensured the preservation of this important archive containing images from as early as c1850s. We are also now in the fortunate position of being able to consider how we make these images available online. The next stage of the project will be to digitise the collection of photographic slides and scrapbooks.”



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