Developing Your Digital Skills for Community Archives Webinar Series

Developing Your Digital Skills for Community Archives Webinar Series

17 June 2021

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and current restrictions of movement, we understand that people wish to continue developing their digital skills regarding their community archive, which is why The Community Archives and Heritage Group Scotland Network and Scottish Council on Archives have created the Developing Your Digital Skills: Digitisation webinar series. Topics explored in this webinar series are the result of a recent survey.

We will started the webinar series with an Introduction to Digitisation, and followed it each week with a webinar dedicated to practical advice on how to digitise diverse types of archival material, such as; documents and photographs, sound and moving image and 3D objects. We will also consider GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and data protection, cataloguing your digital files, and the long-term care of your digital files. Once your archive collection is digitised, you can then find out more about the benefits of community engagement on a digital platform.

These enjoyable and informative 40-minute webinars offer practical advice to anyone working or volunteering in community archives and heritage groups. The webinars are free to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns or ideas you may have. You are welcome to attend as many as you wish by signing up for each webinar through Eventbrite. Each week the webinars began with a presentation from an archivist or expert speaker, followed by a Q&A session.

Why should you watch?

These webinars will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • How to digitise your archive collections.
  • Increase visibility of your digital collections.
  • Strategically promote your digital collections and optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools.
  • Increase your engagement with your local community and beyond.


1. Introduction to Digitisation with Sean Rippington, Digital Archivist and Copyright Manager, University of St Andrews

2. Introduction to 2D Digitisation with reference to: Spirit of Revolt-Archive of Dissent, the Political Song Collection at Glasgow University and Govanhill Baths Archive with Paula Larkin, Project Archivist at Govanhill Baths and Spirit of Revolt – Archives of Dissent

This presentation is about the digitisation of document and photographic collections – a recording is forthcoming.

In this case, digitisation involves copying a physical item, converting it to a digital image and saving the image as a digital file. The image can then be stored and used to create further copies for different purposes, including public access. Learn about equipment and top tips for capturing the best image of your record.

3. How to Digitise Sound and Moving Image Collections with Maya Darrell Hewins, PhD candidate, University of the Highlands and Islands (Shetland)

4. How to Digitise 3-D objects with Frederick Alexander, Digital Archivist, Historic Environment Scotland

5. Cataloguing a Digital Collection and Digital Access with Ruth Brown, Project Manager, The Chapter House Museum Trust & Dunkeld Community Archive

6. Digital Outreach and Engagement for Community Archives with Lorna Steele, Community Engagement Officer, Highland Archive Service, High Life Highland

7. Digital Outreach and Engagement with Oral History Collections with Jaime Valentine, founder, OurStory Scotland, and Dom Miller-Graham, Chair, OurStory Scotland

8. Digital Sustainability of your Digitised Collection with Sean Rippington, Digital Archivist and Copyright Manager, University of St Andrews