This new Heritage Centre is based in the redeveloped Ravenhill Rugby Stands to encourage an interest in Rugby in the wider community, and is funded by DCAL. This initial work looks at the capture of historical Photographs (mono and colour), handwritten Minute Books dating from 1902 and objects which include shields, cups and rugby kits of various sizes. This work is likely to result in further collaboration. Each item was sensitively handled by trained staff and where appropriate an item was cleaned. A senior member of staff decided on the most appropriate scanning equipment to use flatbed, book-eye, 3D scanner, or specialised camera equipment. For each object an archival copy was retained at 1200 dpi TIFF and reduced surrogate JPEG copies made to use on the web interface.
All objects were post-processed using dedicated software where the image was cropped and manipulated to ensure best quality capture. When quality controlled by senior staff the photographs showing individual players faces are marked up using PHP, enabling importation into a CDDA designed interface, allowing their names to displayed with their faces. This new site will link to the Ulster Rugby main web page.
Two coded Excel spreadsheets were created to show object information and personal information relating to each player. Formats of the coded sheets will be supplied to NMNI for their archive and Ravenhill to enable future use of archival digitised materials and continued use on their web interface.