Artwork Digitisation

Artwork Digitisation

Artwork Digitisation

One of our highlights, not just in terms of Artwork Digitisation but in terms of our work as a whole, was a commission by the artist Ralph Heimans to digitally capture his official Diamond Jubilee Portrait of the Queen. Ralph required a high-resolution image of the painting, showing brush stroke detail. The portrait measured over 3.5 by 2.5 metres creating quite a challenge.

Using a top of the range Hasselblad camera we captured multiple photographs, precisely and systematically. These photographs were then stitched together to form a 1.5Gb fully colour-calibrated master digital image. The original portrait is now hung in Westminster Abbey, London. The digital image is viewed world-wide.We extend this same level of care and precision to all artwork digitisation projects and, indeed, to all the digitisation services we provide. These include Sir Quentin Blake's beautiful original illustrations, taken from his archive of over 20,000 drawings.

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Other collections include:

  • Original drawings by Edward Lear for the Folio Society
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Palace of Westminster
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Manx Heritage Museum

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I have worked with Max Communications and the team for some years. In recent work with their Archivematica iteration in the College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, and other digital work required by varying cohorts in Imperial, Max Communications have been responsive, innovative and demonstrated great problem-solving abilities. The Max Communications team, from the top down, is approachable, friendly and keen to help.

An example is in their engagement for some major confidential scanning projects. The projects were discussed, scoped and agreed to a high standard of hand scanning. Benchmarking was agreed to our satisfaction when the project started, with a fast progress time for the work. They provided rapid access to files, including digitising out of sequence, e.g. one such turn around for hand scanning, editing and proofing a large file was within 3 hours. The digital delivery was by secure online transfer, and the hard disks and hard copy delivered securely by courier.

On a lighter note, digitisation of 1960s academic cine film was carried out promptly and to a high standard, such that it can be reshown at a major conference

--Anne Barrett | College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager | Imperial College London
Artwork Digitisation