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The Process of Digitising a First World War Album- An Interns Perspective

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By Tessa Ewart, 2nd Year History of Art student and digitisation intern

My internship placement at Glasgow University Archives has so far consisted of documenting a large album of photographs depicting artificial limb production and fitting at Erskine Hospital, established 1916 as the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers. The album consists of thirty-six pages, with a series of twelve film photographs from the period which give an extraordinary insight to both the workshop production and patient fittings of the artificial limbs.

Vol Blog pic 2The front cover of ‘The Manufacture of Artificial Limbs for the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers’ ACCN 3934/3/3

Due to the large size of the album (measuring roughly 19” x 16”) and the fragility of the leather bound spine, it was decided photography would be the best means of capturing the object. I used the University of Glasgow Archive Services’ Nikon D40X…

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