Digitisation Services

Digitisation Services

Max offer digitisation services to a wide range of sectors and across all types of media. These include paper-based material such as bound volumes, loose sheets, index cards and catalogues as well as any other document types; plans, maps and drawings; photographs and posters; modern printed reports, agreements, contracts, statements and personnel files; as well as microfilm and microfiche; glass plates, film, video and audio tapes; floppy disks, CDs and DVDs. We also provide object photography, 3D digitisation and 360 degree virtual tours.

We are equally happy working on a single manuscript, or a few audio tapes, as we are managing a 3-year project running to several million images. No project is too small or too large. Similarly, while the vast majority of our work utilises high-spec overhead photographic capture, we are equipped to use sheet-feed scanners if the project requires it.

We provide benchmark samples for all projects. This ensures that the final deliverables conform to the agreed image quality standards, naming conventions and metadata specifications. We are also happy to supply a set of free digitisation samples for assessment and pricing purposes. Simply send a request either by email or via our contact page.

Our customers include: Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Royal Society of Arts, TfL, Foster + Partners, Imperial College London, BBC, Rothschild Bank, The National Archives, News UK, Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Art, Historic Environment Scotland, Fortnum & Mason, National Trust, King’s College London, Find My Past, Army Museums Ogilby Trust, Royal Scottish Academy, Courtauld Institute, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Historic Royal Palaces, Chartered Insurance Institute, REME, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, West Sussex Council, Canterbury Cathedral, IET, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Royal Opera House, MCC, Bexley Local Studies, London South Bank University, Lambeth Palace, Science Museum, Cartier, Liberty, Imperial War Museum, Henry Moore Foundation, Natural History Museum, Portman Estate, IMechE, Wallace Collection, Royal Geographical Society, Geological Society, Palace of Westminster, RHS, National Army Museum, RWHA, University of Strathclyde, Sir Quentin Blake and many others.

If you'd like to get in touch to find out more about our services please use the buttons below or call us on 020 8309 5445


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