Our archive department has been busy working on Oxford United Football Club's archive of photographs.
Before we scan the photos, it is important to consider the way in which the files will be organised. Either by date, event, image size and how the files will be names.
Handling and Cleaning Photographs
Our archive suite ensures to carefully handle the photographic historical items by their edges to avoid damage from fingerprints.
Fingerprints are a significant threat to photographic materials and can be very difficult to correct. Fingerprints may not manifest in photographic materials until long after the actual incident of touching the surface.
Air blowers are used to remove dust and a lint-free wipe or cloth to clean the scanning bed before scanning. Our archive technicians wear cotton or latex gloves when handling historical items.
Dust on historical items and scanning beds can significantly reduce the quality of an archival image. Dust is most noticeable on small items that are greatly enlarged, such as slides. Dust is inevitable and can be reduced but not eliminated.
Many corporations and heritage companies have its share of photo albums and loose photographs, each containing important historical memories that span generations. However, even the most well-kept archives can fade with time - and that's why so many companies are looking to our company to digitise their old photographs and collections.
Cheryl - Director
Oxford United started in 1893 as an amateur club called Headington, a village team known locally as "the boys from over the hill".
In 1911 Headington merged with neighbours Headington Quarry, the new club going under the name Headington United. The club moved from Junior to Senior football in 1921, joining the Oxfordshire Senior League.
After the Second World War United were still a tiny set up, joining in the Spartan League in 1947. But in 1949 the club was elected to the Southern League and became a semi-professional unit.
Harry Thompson was appointed manager and set about the task of transforming United into one of non-league's major forces.
Only a handful of Football League clubs had installed floodlights when Headington United proudly used theirs for the first time in December 1950 with a friendly against local side Banbury Spencer.By 1953 the side won the first of its Southern League Championships and in 1954 reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup beating League clubs Millwall and Stockport County before losing 4-2 to Bolton Wanderers.
Ambitious ground improvements were undertaken at The Manor, with one of the most modern stands in the land for that era - The Beech Road Stand - being erected in anticipation of the day when League football would be seen at the ground.
The appointment of the former Birmingham City manager Arthur Turner as manager in January 1959 was another turning point in the club's history. And in 1960, to appeal to the whole city and increase national recognition, the club's name was changed to Oxford United.
Turner guided United to two more Southern League titles and when Accrington Stanley folded in 1962, Oxford United was elected to the Fourth Division of the Football League.