FSB Scanning Bureau

The FSB Scanning Bureau specialises in the digitisation of historical documents, artefacts and photographs. We have proven experience in creating digital images to preservation standards of a wide range of archival and heritage assets, including archaeological finds, parchment maps, bound historical volumes, archival documents of all sorts, photographs of all ages and sizes, glass plate negatives and museum objects.

We can deliver images as very high quality tiff files, or in many formats, including jpg, bmp, psd, gif, pict or as pdf files. We can deliver hardcopy prints up to A0 in size and thumbnail images on request.

Purchasing a digital image

The FSB can quote for digitising any sort of document or photograph. For quotes please contact [email protected] or 01223 507 200.

Please provide as much information as you can, including:

  • your name and contact details
  • the reference number of the document you wish to have copied
  • how you would like your image delivered eg email attachment, hardcopy print etc

The price will always be confirmed before proceeding with an order.

Price list

If the FSB doesn't already have a digital scan of your item then we will need to create one. The following prices are for creating high quality colour digital JPG files at 300 dpi. The prices relate to the size of the original document you are asking us to scan (not to the size of the copy). All prices are inclusive of VAT.

FSB scanning services prices

FSB scanning servicesPrice per digital image (incl VAT)
Photographs / Documents1 item5 to 10 items
10 to 20 items
Up to A3 size (29.7 x 42cm) £7.50 £6.75 £6.38
Up to A1 size (59.4 x 84.1cm) £12.50 £11.25 £10.63
Up to A0 size (84.1 x 118.9cm) £30 £27 £25.50
Larger items Please discuss with technician
Special formats1 item5 to 10 items
10 to 20 items
35mm negatives / slides / transparency at 1800dpi £7.50 £6.75 £6.38
C19th lantern slide at 1000dpi £7.50 £6.75 £6.38
Glass plates £10 £9 £8.50
Bulk scanning / large projects / volumes
Please discuss with technician
Re-touching a digital image
£40 per hour
Digital items on CALM
(supplied on CD / email)
1 item5 to 10 items
10 to 20 items
A4 – A2 size £5 £4.50 £4.25
A1 – A0 size (eg. OS maps) £10.50 £9.45 £8.93
Inclosure / tithe / estate maps £25 £22.50 £21.25

Search for digital items on CALM

The FSB can also supply images on DVD or transfer your images to your own portable USD hard drive or USB memory stick.


The FSB aims to complete orders within a 3 week period, but during busy times orders may take longer. Large orders in particular may take additional time. The FSB reserves the right to impose a 25% surcharge on orders which the customer requests to have delivered sooner.

Delivery options

A4 print £6 + postage and packing
A3 print £9 + postage and packing
Larger than A3 Quote requested from local printers
CD £2.50
Email £2.50
Postage and packagingPrice
UK and EU £3.50
Europe £6.50
Rest of the world £10

Retouching your images

Many old photographs and negatives are damaged, faded, creased, broken or covered in dust and dirt. Digitally removing these marks from a scanned image is a challenging and demanding professional task. The amount of time it takes varies tremendously, depending on the size and condition of the original. There is a charge of £40 per hour for retouching a digital image. See example below.

Scanning Bureau Image Before

Scanning Bureau Image Before

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