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FuzzyPhoto

Posted by Stephen Brown on April 8, 2015

The FuzzyPhoto project was a two year AHRC funded research project (AH/J004367/1) to develop computational methods for finding the pictures "missing" from the catalogues of the annual exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915 by matching the textual exhibit records with photographic item records in a range of partner institutions. Project partners awee Birmingham Central Library, the British Library, the Musée D’Dorsay and the Louvre, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Media Museum, St Andrews University and the V&A.

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Digital catalogue of illuminated manuscripts in the Western Collections of the British Library (DigCIM)

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Project provides catalogue descriptions and images of illuminated manuscripts in the British Library's collection on a collection-by-collection basis. Thus far, entries for illuminated manuscripts in all of the Library's collections are available online and can be found via the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts website at:

www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts

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The British Contribution to Series A/ii of Repertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

This catalogue enables you to search for music manuscripts from the 17th and 18th centuries preserved in national, public, and academic libraries in the U.K., in county and city archives, and in cathedral and chapel libraries. It also includes details of music manuscripts held in some Dublin libraries.

Its eventual aim is to provide a single access point for music manuscripts of the 17th and 18th centuries in the UK and Ireland.

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British Newspapers 1620-1900

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The goal of the British Newspapers 1620-1900 project was to make available on the web a digitised collection of British newspapers that spans all regions of the British Isles and is representative of newspapers published between 1620 and 1900. The intention was to deliver at least a further one million pages of digitised texts and load them to the Gale Cengage Learning website, and increase the content to four million pages of searchable text for pre 1900 newspapers. That goal has been exceeded by 157,349 pages.

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Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad (1870-1950)

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Making Britain Database launched in September 2010. It houses an annotated bibliography of selected materials relating to South Asian artists, writers, activists and organizations in Britain during the period 1870 to 1950. Britain has had a migrant South Asian population for over 350 years, since its early trading encounters with India. But the perception that a homogeneous British culture only began to diversify after the Second World War persists, and research into the South Asian diaspora in Britain has focused predominantly on this later, post-independence period.

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ROYAL: Illuminated Manuscripts of the Kings and Queens of England

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The research project focuses on the Library's collection of medieval and Renaissance Royal illuminated manuscripts. The project, a collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, will culminate in a major exhibition at the British Library in 2011-2012; the research will become part of the British Library's free illustrated online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (CIM); and will also support and deliver a virtual exhibition and online introductory 'tours' of the Royal collection for visitors to the British Library website.

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Buried treasure: rediscovering the Lord Chamberlain's collection of plays

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The project began upon the long-overdue cataloguing of the Lord Chamberlain's collection from 1852 onwards. The pilot covered the decade to 1863. The collection for that period numbers about 3000 plays, including for example the British versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin and many farces and pantomimes with political implications around issues such as first-wave feminism. Cultured mid-Victorians agreed with G. H. Lewes that 'drama is extinct as literature' and ignored the new performance culture; these plays have therefore never been considered in either literary or social histories.