Microform Launches New Heritage Platform with Huddersfield Town Fans’ Group
Microform and the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association (HTSA) are pleased to announce the launch of a new online heritage platform.
The Huddersfield Town Heritage Project website is an open access archive that hosts over 110 years’ worth of the club’s history. There are currently over 40,000 images online, all scanned and catalogued by Microform.
The images are divided into 10 unique thematic collections, each of which is divided into volumes and documents:
- Matchday Programmes
- John M. Ward’s Private Archive
- Women’s Football Archive
- Fans & Fans’ Groups
- Video Archive
- Club Documents
- Huddersfield Town Timeline
- Women’s Football Timeline
- Players Database
Most of these collections incorporate the Universal Image Viewer, which is used by several renowned institutions such as the British Library. The viewer includes double-page spreads, an enhanced deep zoom function, fast loading speeds, single and multi-word OCR searching, OCR hit highlighting, and full-screen focus mode. Phrase-matching and support for Boolean searching are currently in development.
The two timeline collections use TimelineJS software, while the players database is based on a bespoke search function designed in-house.
In addition to archival collections, the website contains a wealth of contextual material, including support pages, articles, and honours and records. Users can search the various contents of the website at different metadata levels and in different ways.
Commenting on the project website, a HTSA spokesperson said:
“Before we spoke to Microform, the Huddersfield Town Heritage Project had been stuck in limbo for nearly a decade. From our first meeting, it was clear that they could help us to develop a cost-effective and sustainable way of preserving and promoting the club’s history. What is more, they shared our desire to make this history accessible to as many people as possible—one of the project’s most important objectives. They have involved us in every step of the process, displaying an encouraging interest in the subject matter, a keen attention to detail, and a commitment to user experience. We’re delighted with the final iteration of the website and look forward to working with Microform in the future to add more content.”