It’s time to start digitalisation
One of the most important tasks performed by museum facilities is promotion of collections and knowledge connected with them. Soon, on this website, photographs and 360 ° presentations of the most interesting museum objects, collected in Duszniki paper mill will be presented on the sub-page Collection review. The majority of them is not available to visitors on everyday basis.
The Internet is a splendid platform for sharing knowledge. Information published in one site immediately becomes available to all interested people, almost in every place of the world. For example, a student from Rio de Janeiro who studies paper history would be able to analyse our collection of watermarks and carefully investigate the devices used for testing paper properties of objects included in a rich museum collection.
The promotion on the Internet is the most spectacular aspect of this intention. However, the most important is the sole fact of performance of possibly most accurate digital images of objects acknowledged to be historical. This is the digitalisation process. Its aim is to perpetuate and maintain the cultural heritage for future generations.
However, before digital copies of museum objects are entered into digital archives and the Web, it is necessary to perform tedious work in a photograph laboratory and, at times, also outside it. It requires high quality equipment. The Museum of Papermaking obtained funds in the scope of multi-level project financed from Norwegian and EEA funds as well as Polish sources for its purchase. Despite very difficult conditions in the building, connected with reconstruction and adaptation of the building of the old paper drying facility, it was possible to find a room which was adapted for a digitalisation laboratory.
Over four hundred inventory items will be digitalised in the scope of the project until the first quarter of 2016: from old postcards to large papermaking machines.