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Digitisation and scanning

We specialise in the digitisation of historical documents, artefacts and photographs.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, artwork, photographs of all ages and sizes, glass plate negatives and museum objects.

We can deliver images as high quality TIFF files, or as other formats including JPEG, PSD or PDF files.  Also, thumbnail images can be supplied on request.

Lady in front of a desk with a document in front of her
Our technician using iCam scanning equipment

Purchasing a digital image

We can quote for digitising any sort of document or photograph either from our collections or from your own items.  For quotes, please contact us (see end of page).

Please provide as much information as you can, including:

  • your name and contact details
  • the reference number, if one exists, of the document you wish to have copied
  • how you would like your image delivered eg email attachment, MFT etc.

The price will always be confirmed with you before we proceed with an order. 

Selection of digitised images
Selection of digitised images

Price list

Please see below the prices for obtaining a copy of a scanned item from our online catalogue.

FSB scanning services 

If we don't already have a digital scan of your item in our online catalogue then we will need to create one.  The following prices are for creating high quality colour digital JPEG 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.

Format Price per digital image (single) Price per digital image (5-9) Price per digital image (10-20)

Photographs/documents up to A3 size (29.7 x 42cm)




Photographs/documents up to A1 size (59.4 x 84.1cm)




Photographs/documents up to A0 size (84.1 x 118.9cm)




35mm negatives / slides / transparency at 1800dpi




C19th lantern slide at 1000dpi




Glass plates




For bulk scanning, large projects or volumes and larger items please contact us.

Other services

The cost for re-touching a digital image is £50 per hour.

Delivery options

We aim to complete orders within a 3 week period, but during busy times orders may take longer. Large orders in particular may take additional time. We are able to deliver requests sooner if requested but we may need to add a 25% surcharge for such orders.

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

Item Price
CD, email, MFT and customer's own USB stick £3.00
A4 colour print £6.50
A3 colour print £10.50

Postage and packing

Destination Price
UK £3.50
Rest of the world £10.00

Digital items on CALM

Supplied on CD/email.


Price for 1 item

Price for 5 to 9 items

Price for 10 to 20 items

A4 to A2




A1 to A0 size (eg. OS maps)




Inclosure / tithe / estate maps




Price list notes

  1. Delivery of the finished image can normally be made within two weeks from receipt of the order at the Bureau. Orders from Huntingdonshire Archives may take longer. Urgent orders (i.e. those demanding delivery in under one week) can disrupt the Bureau's work scheduling. A surcharge of up to 40% may be made for urgent orders.
  2. We can create digital images of your own documents. Please contact the Bureau with details of your request. The Bureau reserves the right to decide not to proceed with such work.
  3. We can also create digital images of small objects. Please contact the Bureau for more details.
  4. All copies supplied are subject to the usual Cambridgeshire Archives Service restrictions on use. No images may be published, sold or forwarded on without prior permission having been granted by Cambridgeshire Archives. "Publication" includes websites, CDs and DVDs, books, magazines, newspaper articles, theses, television and video programmes, postcards, posters, items, or any other formats deemed by the Archives Service to constitute publication.
  5. Cambridgeshire Archives Service reserves the right to refuse to copy any document, on grounds of copyright, terms of deposit, physical condition, size, format, health and safety, or any other grounds.

Contact us

FSB Scanning Bureau

The bureau is staffed Monday to Thursday

Call us: 01223 507200
Visit us: Cambridgeshire Archives, The Dock, Ely CB7 4GS

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