Since the event in Bryngarw, and the Digital Tourism Jam last month, we have been in discussions with the People’s Collection Wales on a number of fronts.
Having looked at a number of options, the Peoples Collection presents the optimum solution for heritage groups to store historical content. This is something which a number of groups expressed an interest in during the initial Digital Bridgend consultation exercise earlier this year.
The consultation also revealed that certain groups were keen to be learn how to digitise documents etc but needed assistance with equipment and hoped this could be acquired and stored centrally somewhere to be accessed when needed. Training was also highlighted as a need to make sure the process of digitising and publishing heritage content is complete accurately with competence.
I am pleased to say that the Peoples Collection have provided the following information about the service they offer in working with communities:
The People’s Collection Wales working in the Community
If you are a heritage group and are looking to digitise your collections then the People’s Collection Wales program can support you in the following ways.
1 We offer a free equipment loan for periods of up to 6 weeks at a time.
This allows heritage groups that do not have access to a scanner and a laptop to make use of the equipment we have for this purpose.
2 We will offer training in the use of the equipment and can provide a free digital training day for staff/members/volunteers of heritage groups (up to 15 per session) This training will cover important topics such as copyright and metadata as well as to cover best practice for digitising material for the web
3 The standard training day can lead on to an Agored Cymru accredited course which is a Level 2 and carries 3 credits. The cost of this is £15 per individual which covers the admin costs for Dysgu Bro who are working in partnership with PCW to deliver this unit.
4 We can support any groups interested in becoming host organisations for our Digital Heritage Station concept. This will involve the host organisation creating a facility for digitisation activities with the support of PCW. We are looking to be able to provide equipment to all host organisations to offer this service as well as remote support and training.
5 We can help to identify individuals from within your groups and organisations to become volunteers and Champions for PCW and to help heritage groups develop their projects.
6 We can offer outreach days to train people in the use of the PCW website. This can then be adopted by your heritage group as a platform for your heritage activities
Digital Bridgend is keen to explore the Digital Heritage Station concept with the Peoples Collection and we will be meeting them in September to discuss how we can proceed.