This guide sets out instructions for uploading digitised/digital archive material as images or PDFs to the BH website’s Media Library. By uploading our digital collections to the website, we can make them accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world!
These are the conventions which must be used to ensure that a transcription is as useful as possible in digital form while remaining true and accurate to the original manuscript. You can also use the conventions and tips in this guide when cataloguing archive material in the Item Catalogue form. However, the rules which need not apply in Item Catalogue fields will be indicated thus: [not for catalogue]; further explanation is indicated by an asterisk: [not for catalogue*].
This guide describes the importance of the cataloguing process as a vital step in our Digitisation project which aims to make as much archive material accessible online as possible. Below is detailed guidance on how best to fill in the Item Catalogue form including tips on making sure we record all the information we need and conventions for standardising the way we communicate that information. This all goes towards making our online catalogue search tool as user-friendly as possible!
If you want to know more about our Digitisation project or the ODIN Database project, have a look at the Current and Planned Research Projects page.
This guide also provides some introductory guidance for the physical storage of archive material as part of cataloguing. This guide does not cover any other aspect of collections management, digitisation or website content management.
The ODIN (Online Data INterface) Project shares its name with the Norse god of knowledge and wisdom. It seeks to record and map every detail that Bishopsteignton Heritage acquires in order to most effectively tell the stories of the people, places, events and environment surrounding our village and is specifically designed to make the best use of all of our projects – like the ones mentioned below – please get involved!
The eventual goal will be to allow visitors to the website to navigate their own journeys through our history – travelling from person to person, place to place being able to view pictures, documents and other items relating to them and facilitate research.
Our first step in this direction can be seen with the Parish Census Search Tool released earlier this year. The great news is you don’t have to be a technical geek to take part! Just an enquiring mind and an interest in exploring our village heritage first hand. That said, some help with the technical aspects would also be most welcome!
The Bishopsteignton Heritage Team have begun the exciting digitisation phase of the ongoing database project. While the Heritage Hub has been closed, our Archivist has been preparing our newly acquired specialist equipment to be ready for use. We will be creating quality digital versions of archive material held at the Hub and as supplied by the Bishopsteignton community that can be put to many good uses such as enhancing the incredible stories being revealed and recorded on our website. Over the winter, we will be creating some ‘How To’ digitisation guides as well as instruction videos to help train our volunteers to be a part of this worthwhile and fascinating activity.
2020 marked the centenary of the Bishopsteignton Football Club. In order to celebrate this we would like to collect material associated with each decade of their existence. We have material in the archive that is being digitised and identified, but there must be people in the village who have their own collection of memorabilia that we could tap into.
Were you once in the team? Or your father or grandfather? Do you have photos or memories to share? if you are interested in exploring this topic or contributing to the project in some way, please let us know. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for research, storytelling, or photography and digitisation. A variety of skills are needed to put the story together, and make a really interesting article.
The January 2021 edition of Who do you Think You Are? magazine features an article on Bishopsteignton Heritage and what we have been achieving over the past two years. This gave us the idea that we should start our own quest to uncover the history of houses in the village and who their previous occupants were. At our inaugural meeting in 2018 quite a few residents brought along the deeds of their properties, which could uncover the story of the dwelling. Now, after some investment in equipment and a newly equipped HUB, we are in a position to digitise and copy such deeds, as well as photographs of the buildings, then and now. The census records we have, up until 1939, can reveal which buildings are still in situ, which have been renamed or rebuilt, and who lived there in the past. This project would be of great interest to anyone with an enquiring mind, photographic skills and a love of telling that story.
We are very excited to be helping with this project, which is to be part of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme undertaken by one of the Explorer Scouts. Many of the artefacts and photographs of scouting memorabilia that had once been in the Bishopsteignton Museum are now in the possession of the Scout group, and we shall be assisting with the project in terms of training in researching, archiving, interviewing, scanning, and uploading onto the Bishopsteignton Heritage website.
In 2023 Bishopsteignton Primary School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in its present building. Of course the school itself has been in existence for much longer and the building that is now the Community Centre and HUB was the home of the school for many years. We are intending to trace the development of the school and the history of it in the former building. We hope to encourage the involvement of the present pupils, parents and staff of the Junior school. If you can contribute to the story of the school, or would be interested in researching the topic or presenting the project in a way that would encourage the participation of the students, please do let us know.
2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning Association, which could not be celebrated. With the death of Maggie Sullivan, a founder member, her collection of documents and memorabilia has gone to the Association so we are intending to put together a suitable memorial and celebration of the history of this popular Village group.
If you are interested in the Twinning Association or are a past or present member with stories to tell, or photographs of your own experience, please get in touch and join the research team on this project.