Microfilm Digitisation

Microfilm Digitisation

Microfilm and microfiche digitisation is an area in which we have a wealth of experience and expertise. Many of our customers have previously microfilmed their collections for preservation purposes. Formats include:

  • 35mm microfilm reels
  • 16 mm microfilm reels
  • Aperture cards
  • Microfilm cartridge reels
  • 35 mm microfiche
  • 16 mm microfiche
  • Jacket microfilm

Using the industry-leading Sunrise Apollo HS microfilm scanners we can capture directly from these formats. This digitisation process renders the collection far more accessible and much easier to share both internally or externally.

We capture microfilm from both negative and positive film types. If possible, we prefer to work from the negative as it is usually the first generation copy (the positive being copied from the negative) and in better condition as it has been used less.

As a general standard we digitise the various microfilm formats to an uncompressed Tiff file format for preservation purposes as well as a compressed jpg and/or pdf format for access and dissemination. We always suggest output in greyscale, rather than bitmap (pure black and white). Greyscale fully captures the tonal range which provides an authentic copy of the original document, plan or drawing. If a scaling indication is available on the film we are able to capture the material to its full original size.

In addition, we have been very successful in utilising Optical Character Recognition (OCR) techniques on microfilmed material to create a fully searchable archive. This enables indexing and keyword searches across the newly-created database.

Customers include:

  • London School of Economics
  • Royal Collection
  • Wallace Collection
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • King's College London
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Gallery
  • RNLI
  • Cartier
  • Medway Archives
  • Egham Historical Society
  • Dunkeld Archives

Please do contact us to discuss digitisation of some free samples from your collection. This will allow you to see the results and benefits of opening up access to your microfilm or microfiche archive prior to committing to a project.

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


Max have been a trusted digitisation and solutions partner with King’s College London Archives for more than a decade. They have always undertaken work to a high standard, and on time, and are a friendly team who are ready to help at short notice.

--Dr Geoff Browell | Head of Archives and Research Collections | King’s College London