C and J Clark Digitisation Project

Creating a digital archive of historic collections

2013-2021

Project Aims

This corporate sponsored project was aimed at digitising the heritage collections of the global shoemaking company C & J Clark Ltd and make them available to staff and the public for research and inspiration. This involved creating the documentation, collections care and digitisation standards for 43,000 objects and archives, including shoes, point of sale, newspapers, catalogues and audio-visual material.

Key Outcomes

A professional heritage digitisation studio was established at the Trust and five concurrent projects were developed to tackle each collection. A new CMS (Adlib) was commissioned, and 100,000 object and archive records transferred, with SPECTRUM standards implemented. A digital archive of over 150,000 images were created by the Project Team, preserving what has been described as the most complete archive of a British business in the UK.