Storetec digitises WW2 documents for the Imperial War Museum

Award winning document scanning and storage company, Storetec, is digitising a number of posters for the Imperial War Museum. These historically significant documents date back to the Second World War.

Digital Preservation is a growing service for many organisations who hold precious or unique original documents, photographs, book and maps. The process of creating high quality digital images uses the latest in scanning technology to ensure that the original items remain intact and damage free. Once digitised, the original items can be placed in storage and protected from future handling or exposure, thereby preserving them for future generations.

The digitisation for the Imperial War Museum North involved scanning a series of Air Raid Precaution Posters which were originally used during World War II to inform the public on how to react in the event of an air raid.

James from the Imperial War Museum said, “The reason for us digitising the documents is that the Arp instruction posters are too large for practical handling so we will show the images via PowerPoint to the many school groups who come to the museum to learn about the Second World War home front”.

David Wilkinson, Sales Director for Storetec, which scans 6 million documents per month, said:

“Working with documents from 1940’s brings its own challenges when it comes to handling and digitising. A huge amount of care has to be taken as we know that in many cases these are the only original documents in existence. Hopefully the work we have done will allow these posters to be protected for generations to come.”

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