One of the great privileges of working in archive digitisation is the opportunity to engage directly with our genuine interest in history. Our recent work for the Royal Armouries has been just such an opportunity and has been fascinating and educational in equal measure.
Working with material from the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and the Tower of London we digitised thousands of 35mm slides, dating back decades, which detail a wide range of subjects from objects in the collection to the development of the buildings. Detailed caption information from the original slides was embedded into the digitised image files ensuring the safe transfer of these handwritten details into the database for future use.
The Royal Armouries collection consists of some 70,000 examples of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day. It includes royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil Wars, including the Armoury from Littlecote House; British and foreign military weapons from the Board of Ordnance and MOD Pattern Room collections; hunting and sporting weapons, as well as an exceptional collection of oriental arms and armour. More information about the work of the Royal Armouries, the collection, events and visiting can be found on the website: www.royalarmouries.org.uk