Digitisation and scanning

There may be delays in responding to enquiries. The digitisation service is only able to supply items which have already been digitised at present. In exceptional circumstances, where copies are deemed urgent, we will endeavour to provide these as soon as we can. We thank you for your patience at this time.

We specialise in the digitisation of historical documents, artefacts and photographs.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.  Please note that we charge £48.00 including VAT for preparing detailed quotations for digitising multiple volumes or items. This charge will be deducted from the total cost when the order is placed.

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.

Digital images
(supplied on CD / email)

1 item

5 to 10 items

10 to 20 items

A4 – A2 size




A1 – A0 size (eg. OS maps)




Inclosure / tithe / estate maps




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.

Scanning Service

Photographs / Documents Price per digital image (single) Price per digital image (5-10) Price per digital image (10-20)

Up to A3 size (29.7 x 42cm)




Up to A1 size (59.4 x 84.1cm)




Up to A0 size (84.1 x 118.9cm)




For larger items please contact us.

Special formats Price per digital image (single) Price per digital image (5-10) Price per digital image (10-20)

35mm negatives / slides / transparency at 1800dpi




C19th lantern slide at 1000dpi




Glass plates




For bulk scanning / large projects / volumes please contact us

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

Delivery and Pricing

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.









Contact us

FSB Scanning Bureau

Call us: 01223 507200
Email us:fsb@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Visit us: Cambridgeshire Archives, The Dock, Ely CB7 4GS

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