This is the website of an AHRC-funded project which aimed to document and provide a critical framework around the activities which took place in 2007 in Museums to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. In doing so 1807 Commemorated hoped to comprehend both the public memory of the occasion and strategies for policy makers and museum professionals in representing traumatic histories. Developed in three phases, the project undertook to: assess media coverage of the commemoration; to survey museum displays and artwork; to analyse audience response to this. The website documents the project, including interviews with museum professionals, reviews of 1807 related exhibitions, museum events and art works, reports on the audience response to these and a useful list of further resources.
Established on the World Wide Web in May 1996, as 'Photography's beginnings: a visual history', The American Museum of Photography is a virtual museum, located only on the Internet. It is dedicated to educating and informing the general public of the power of photography and sharing photographs with Internet users worldwide. The exhibitions are drawn from the Museum's collection, which was started by William B. Becker in the 1960's. The collection includes several thousand individual images, chosen for their visual impact and content, which range from early photography to Ansel Adams. The user can take a guided tour of the museum or click on individual current exhibitions, which are displayed on the front page. Each thumbnail image can be enlarged and includes background information about the photograph. The website also includes an online research centre, which has an information section on early photographic processes and links to selected websites.
This website belongs to the Andrei Sakharov Archives, formerly at Brandeis Unversity, now associated with the Davis Center at Harvard University. The archive was established in July 1993, four years after Sakharov's death. The site contains the description of the materials kept at the Center. It's first of all Andrei Sakharov's collection of personal materials, manuscripts and typed versions of scientific works, his PhD thesis, manuscripts of all political articles, texts of interviews and personal correspondence with Natan Sharansky, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov and others. Users can access information on Sakharov's correspondents by clicking on their highlighted names. The Archives also include the Elena Bonner collection of manuscripts, correspondence and political statements; the Human rights Collection of materials relating to different international human rights organizations; the Grossman Collection of materials related to the famous Soviet-Jewish author of "The Black Book" Vasilii Grossman; a collection of microfilms that contains a 40-volumes trial case of Sergei Kovalev and a collection of the underground Solidarity publications; and the Peter Reddaway Collection of photos on the human rights movement. On this site users can find archival indexes and information about access to the collections now housed at Harvard University.
The Asia-Europe network of museums (ASEMUS) attempts to strengthen the links between Europe and Asia by bringing together their shared heritages. The virtual exhibition of 2,500 masterpieces in Asian and European collections is probably the showcase for the general reader. ASEMUS is an important and ambitious project of cooperation especially valuable in an ongoing period of conflict and misunderstanding. The project is supported by ASEF, the Asia-Europe foundation, which was established in 1997 to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between the continents. ASEMUS endeavours to rectify the present inequalities in museum collections, whereby those in Asia hold little of European origin, but European museums maintain extensive collections of Asian material. At present, the organisation is in development, but its aims are straightforward - to share collections and to encourage cooperation. ASEMUS does not have any funds of its own, and encourages patronage.
Bibliodoc : Anuari de Biblioteconomia, Documentació i Informació is an electronic, peer reviewed journal in the Catalan language covering all aspects of information and library science in Catalonia and Spain. The website provides full-text back copies of this annual publication beginning in 1997. Articles, which are available in PDF format, are almost exclusively in Catalan, although most have abstracts in English. The articles may be searched by: author; title; keyword; date; or in full-text.
This is the home page of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationale du Québec (BNQ), the National Library and Archives of Quebec. Based in Montreal, the BNQ is committed to preserving the history of this Canadian province. Its website is a virtual platform for a projected network of unified provincial library catalogues and sources. The site gives information on: the library's exhibitions; contests and prizes; articles and talks; acquisitions; affiliated research funds and fellowships, including doctoral and postdoctoral grants; books and special collections (with an online catalogue); and government publications in the library's possession. For researchers, the highlight of the site should be the descriptions of the library's 535 000 titles and over 460 archival fonds. There is a good sub-site devoted to digital collections. The rare book collection is also significant, with its own catalogue (IRIS). It contains the first books printed in Quebec and other books published in Europe and the United States between the 15th and 19th centuries on a wide range of topics. A sub-site outlines the BNQ's various publications, many of which are available online in full-text versions. These include: the online newsletter entitled 'À Rayons ouverts'; a monthly online bibliographical periodical entitled 'Bibliographie du Québec'; pamphlets, reports and guides on BNQ-related statistics, conservation and publicity; monographs; microfilmed editions of fragile documents, listed in the Gazette officielle du Québec; electronic publications; and annual reports. Also posted are: lists of links and internet guides; an online directory of French Canadian editors; hours and conditions of access; and contact details for librarians. The site is predominantly in French, with some few parallel pages in English.
This museum is situated at Dudley in the West Midlands where, during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century, there were many ironwork foundries and forges. On display are all aspects of local work and life with emphasis on metalwork and engineering. The collection includes canal boats that show how cargoes would have been carried to and from the ironworks in the area; a working boat dock; boat-builder's tools and related photographs and documents. Nearby are canal tunnels built under the limestone hills in the area. Visitor information is included.
The website "Bolton Museum and Archive Service" was developed to create broader public access to the collections of the institutions named based in Bolton, Greater Manchester. In addition to these institutions, the Smithills Hall and the Hall i' th' Wood , two historic houses in Bolton, as well as the Aquarium are also represented here. Through the digitisation of the material and dissemination via the Internet these foci of local culture and history provide information of use to the local population, including schools, visitors and researchers. The site boasts a separate section on educational facilities with details of events for schools. Collections and exhibitions are featured on the site. The Archives subsite detailes the holdings of Bolton Archives in an archive index, introduces resources related to family history research and necessary information for interested visitors. Walt Whitman's relationship to Bolton and the Whitman fellowship are presented on the site; writer Bill Naughton has his own section because he grew up in Bolton.
The museum has exhibits, films and memorabilia that tells the tale of the 'Boston Tea Party', a popular name for the action taken on December 16, 1773, by a group of Boston citizens protesting about the British tax on tea imported to the colonies. There is also a full-size working replica of the Beaver II which was one of the three 'Boston Tea Party' ships. Museum hours and location details are supplied. The site is one of the 'Historic Tours of America' websites.
This website provides information about the British Museum's collections (in World cultures), current exhibitions, recent news and education programmes (learning). The compass section features a database of 'around 5000 objects from the huge range of periods and cultures represented in the Museum'. A children's compass section is also available and includes online tours, which are specially written to cover topics from the UK National Curriculum and animations, games and puzzles, which require the use of Flash 5. The site contains brief information on the collections and links to the departments of the museum, that are mainly arranged by continent; and visitor and events information.
The learning and information department of the British Museum in London brings together all its events and resources on this page. These can be found by headings such as adult learners, families, teachers, futher & higher, and access. There are also links to outreach, online, and resources. A drop-down list specifies many topics, from Africa to textiles. Also included is a link to a museum website on Ancient Greece, in which there is a game requiring Macromedia Flash.
Located in Whitby, in the building where James Cook (1728-1779) lodged as an apprentice seaman, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum houses a collection of exhibits about Cook's Whitby years and his later achievements. This site is based on the museum's holdings and exhibitions. It provides biographical information about the early life of Captain James Cook, including his charting of Canadian waters during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). Notable paintings, etchings and documents posted here include exhibits relating to Cook's activities in London and materials from his three voyages of discovery. The three voyages, which involved the circumnavigation of the globe in two directions as well as the third voyage of exploration of the Pacific Ocean, contributed directly to the founding of New Zealand and Australia as two modern nations. Further online samples feature materials from private papers of Cook's associates, such as Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), who sailed with Cook on the Endeavour and John Webber (1751-1793), official artist on Cook's third and final voyage. Researchers should note such museum sources as Captain John Walker's copy of Cook's account of 'A Voyage Towards the South Pole' (1777). The museum has a collection of original letters between Cook and Captains Walker and Hammond, and between Joseph Banks, J. R. Forster and Elizabeth Cook with the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich. The museum also has a collection of antiquarian travel books collected by Sir Robert Clark. There is additional information on the site about the town of Whitby. Visitor information and contact details are provided. The museum is open from March until October.
The website of the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum contains information on exhibits of international, national and local interest including an exhibit about Edward Wilson, Cheltenham's Antarctic explorer. The site provides information about the Museum's location, contact and admission details, current exhibitions, access and additional services. There is also a facility to search the Museum's collections.
The home page of the Chicago History Museum which houses a collection of over 20 million items (artefacts, photographs, drawings, diaries, costumes, sound recordings, film, books, newspapers etc) relating to the history of Chicago. This searchable site supplies information for educators, researchers, as well as the general public, on the Society's activities - opening times, how to obtain access to the collections and research centre, guided tours, lecture programmes and events - links to other museums, libraries, sources for genealogical information and general history and Chicago sites and a bulletin board. It also provides a gateway to a number of online exhibitions and research projects currently being undertaken on aspects of Chicago's history and items from the Museum's collections: Great Chicago Fire of 1871; Dramas of Haymarket, 4 May 1886; Teen Chicago; Wet with Blood - investigating Abraham Lincoln; and History Files - exploring ten of the most famous people and events in Chicago history.
This is a project website for COLLATE. COLLATE : Collaboratory For Annotation, Indexing And Retrieval Of Digitized Historical Archive Material is a European Union-funded project (2000-2003) to develop a Web-based virtual centre for collaboration by archives, researchers and end-users working with digitized cultural material. The focus of the project is a digital XML text repository comprising a large corpus of historic text documents (especially on film censorship processes of the 1920s and 1930). COLLATE is based at the Fraunhofer IPSI (Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute), Germany. Project partners range from university computing departments, institutional and national film archives, from across Europe. The website includes detailed information about the project and the issues relating to film studies. A number of publications are available online.
D-Lib Magazine : the Magazine of Digital Library Research is an online electronic publication aimed at researchers and developers of advanced digital resources which brings together academics, librarians, and IT professionals. This site is a UK mirror, hosted by the UKOLN centre at the University of Bath, of the original US site. Issues contain: a number of feature articles; a short editorial; a "Letters to the editor" page; together with separate sections dedicated to: news; items of current interest; documents; deadlines; and calls for participation. These are supplemented by an archive section that contains a full complement of back issues and an author and a title index, and by a section devoted to additional links and other resources. D-Lib is published by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and endeavours to facilitate the development and implementation of a common infrastructure for digital libraries both through the articles it publishes and by providing a forum for discussion; it is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.
Digital Atheneum is an online collection of information on a project which aimed to develop new digital libraries from aging and damaged parts of the Cottonian collection at the British Library. Many of the Cotton Library manuscripts were badly damaged by a 1731 fire, and then further damaged by early attempts at preservation. The poor condition of many of the manuscripts and fragments poses a technological and methodological challenge. The site describes the restoration processes and includes several conference papers and journal articles relating to the project, which may be accessed from the 'Publications and Presentations' section. The project finished in 2003 but its findings are still relevant.
Dokumentations- und InformationsZentrum (DIZ) MedienPort is an internet archive of a number of German newspapers and magazines including: Süddeutsche Zeitung (one of the MedienPort's founders); Berliner Zeitung; Bunte; Capital; e-market; Focus; Focus Money; Kontakter; Manager Magazin; Der Spiegel; Stern; and Tageszeitung (TAZ). MedienPort contains every issue of the Süddeutsche Zeitung from 1992 onwards, and every issue of Der Spiegel since 1995. Most other sources date back to 2000. Users must register and pay fees to gain full access to the resources in this considerable archive. The site offers a search engine to find articles. The MedienPort additionally contains a picture archive, with some two million images also available for a fee. The MedienPort will be of great use for researchers working in German and Swiss literature, contemporary history or politics.
This site contains brief visitor information on the museums and galleries in the Dumfries and Galloway area. These include: Dalbeattie Museum (collections relate to local shipping) and the John Paul Jones Cottage. The 'History of Dumfries' section of the site includes chapters on the economy (with details of exports) and shipping (with details of imports, emigration, and early improvements to the channel). A section of the site tells the story of Thomas Watling, who was transported to Botany Bay and was the first professional artist to arrive in the colony. He went on to draw the flora and fauna of the settlement, and some of these drawings are available online. The site includes details of events and educational services. Some of the information is also available in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
The website EMuseum at Minnesota State University is an interesting multi-disciplinary resource. The EMuseum is designed with floor plans and exhibits, but really functions as a collection of basic essays on a variety of subjects arranged into the following categories: anthropology; archaeology; biology; cultures; history; prehistory; and information. The EMuseum can also be searched by keyword. The subjects within the categories are somewhat eclectic. For example within history the topics covered are: Ancient Trade; Anglo-Saxon culture; China; Egypt; Greece; Japan; Latin America; Medieval Europe; North America; Russia; Underwater Archaeology; Vikings in America; and Native Minnesota cultures. The floor plan, can be used to navigate the site and visit the population clock, foods of the world, the solar system, and world religions. The main page holds a calendar of historic events. A text only version is offered. It is an innovative and fun site, which would be good for teaching.
The University of Granada (Spain) has made available an excellent Spanish-English and English-Spanish dictionary. Searches retrieve equivalent terms in English or Spanish, but also many useful examples which show the contextual meaning of every word. With more than one hundred thousand entries the dictionary may be used as a general reference tool. However, the dictionary by the university of Granada is different in that it is geared to students and readers of 'technical literature', and creators have included many entries on library terminology. Available on the site is also the translation of a glossary of more than three thousand terms used by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). At the time of cataloguing, the dictionary was being updated with a thesaurus, although this wasn't available yet.
The Museum is situated at Foteviken, Sweden and focuses on the Viking Age and medieval history of Scania, as well as the maritime history. Close to the museum is a re-creation of a Viking settlement of the late Viking Age and early Middle Ages, where food is prepared in the traditional way, employees wear Viking costumes, and Viking handicrafts are for sale. There is information about the Museum's Association, the Scandinavian Viking Explorer Group (SVEG); and visitor details. The site is available in English and Swedish.
Located in Rochester, New York, this international museum of photography and film was the urban estate of George Eastman (1854-1932), an influential industrialist and philanthropist and founder of Eastman Kodak Company. Opened in 1949, the museum includes Mr. Eastman's restored house and gardens, an archives building and research centre, galleries, two theatres and an education centre. The museum explores the life of George Eastman and displays the art, technology and impact of photography and motion pictures over 150 years. The website includes events and film calendars and a list of past, current, upcoming and travelling exhibitions. There is also information about the library, which has an online catalogue feature and the 'education' section of the website includes student activities for the classroom, which can be downloaded in PDF format (for which an Adobe Acrobat Reader is required).
Global Careers is a sub-website of the well-established museum online portal Global Museum. This careers subsection claims to receive some 9,000 hits per month and is a hub for announcements related to employment in museums. An online bookshop here provides links to sites which sell some 2,000 museum catalogues and histories of museums and of specific exhibitions. A Museum Resources subsection presents annotated links on a number of interesting topics that will have some bearing on historical research, such as world heritage; archives portals; marketing; anthropology and archaeology; artefact analyses; conservation; disaster planning; and general resources. These links provide a wealth of amalgamated information that will especially interest scholars in Museum Studies. The site also has large lists of relevant links and museum podcasts. The website contains advertising.
Global Museum is a website aimed at museum professionals, including news, job listings, a resource section, a bookshop and a ‘social network’. It has a very broad sweep so its utility beyond being a very general introduction to museums worldwide may be limited. However, buried within it are some useful resources, including text book reviews, a selection of conference papers and an index of museum-related podcasts from institutions around the world.
Published by the US National Parks Service, this online journal provides a monthly update on important news stories related to heritage in the United States, including historic sites, buildings, museums and national parks. The website includes a searchable archive, dating back to 2003.
The website draws together the reports and research of the United States National Park Service, which is responsible for the preservation of a wide range of sites, from landscapes to historic buildings and monuments. Publications date back to the 1960s and are organised thematically and by site. This resource is of benefit to anyone interested in the history of the United States, and particularly as recorded in its monuments and historic landscapes. The website is also a rich source of material for the history of historic preservation and conservation.
Informação e sociedade : estudos is an online library and information science journal, published by the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da Informação at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba. Currently published three times a year, the journal publishes on developments in information science, aimed at library professionals, students and researchers. A robust search or browse is provided, as well as the possibility to translate the interface into English or Spanish. Most articles are published in portuguese though, for which no translation is provided. Full text is provided to download as a PDF back to 1991.
The website of the International Association of Orientalist Librarians hosts the online version of the Society's biannual bulletin, provides a directory of member librarians, and reports on recent meetings. The main feature of the resource is the Association's online bulletin, which includes articles and conference papers, book reviews, and a news section. Some articles are available in HTML format, but most need to be downloaded as PDF files through Acrobat. Issues covered include: Chinese block books and manuscripts in the Russian State Library; doctoral dissertations in East Asian studies concerned with librarianship; creating bibliographies of Western-language material on East Asia; and a bibliography of gazetteers and other historical literature on Tibetan regions.
The website also features a links page, which acts as a gateway to online resources for librarianship and other library associations around the world. The resource would be very useful for anyone involved in information technology for East Asian Studies. However, it is also valuable to postgraduate students and academics, who can browse for subject-specific bibliographies, and access specialist assessments of East Asian library resources around the world.
This is the website of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), a non-governmental organisation with formal links to UNESCO, dedicated to the development of museums and the museum profession. It provides information and guidelines relating to heritage conservation, and promotes awareness of museums. Published in English and French, the ICOM website explains the remit of the organisation, and provides news, policy documents, and museum directories. Recent press releases may be read online, and a calendar of ICOM meetings and events publicises forthcoming activities. International Museum Day is promoted, and there are pages devoted to past such days, explaining the chosen themes, reporting on activities, and providing annotated bibliographies of publications relating to each day. Essays on each theme may be downloaded in PDF format. There are also pages containing the ICOM strategic planning documents, and multilingual reports from the ICOM general conferences. Useful resources available from the website include: a bibliography of ICOM publications since 1946; copies of ICOM declarations and statements; a list of publications, some of which are available free of charge online and some can be ordered; and a substantial bibliography. An important activity of ICOM that is represented in several sections of this website is the fight against illicit traffic of cultural artefacts. Also featured are the official ICOM definition of a museum; and the ICOM code of ethics for museums. There are several mailing lists, including one operated by the International Committee for Musical Instruments.
Information is provided on the Isles of Scilly Museum, which describes its aim as being to preserve the traditions and the spirit of the islands and to enhance public understanding of Scillonian traditions and their place in history. Information is provided on tracing Scillonian family history; as well as new projects; archaeology, and video shows connected to the Museum. The site is part of AboutBritain.com and contains advertising.
The NESTOR project website provides detailed information about its work to create a network of expertise in the long-term preservation of digital resources for Germany, together with a broad range of online materials relating to this topic. NESTOR aims to offer a platform for communication and sharing of expertise for institutions and individuals involved in digital archiving in order to establish standards; facilitate co-operation; present models of procedures and best practice; and foster awareness. On the site, users will find a number of studies and guides (in German) that have arisen from the project to date. However, what perhaps will be of most interest is the site's Information Platform, which provides links to an impressive range of resources, including articles; case studies; discussion lists; online tutorials; glossaries; and much more. The Platform also features a database of individuals involved with the preservation of digital resources; a calendar of forthcoming related events such as conferences, workshops and training sessions; and a directory of digital archiving projects in Germany. Users should note that while much of this site can be navigated in English, a good number of the resources listed are available in German only. However, anyone involved with the preservation of digital resources should find materials of interest on this site.
This site, which is presented by the University of London Research Library Services, makes available an online tutorial that aims to help researchers gain and improve skills in library-based research. The tutorial is primarily intended for postgraduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, but will be of value for anyone conducting research. It is divided into four main modules: Planning library research; Using libraries; Using resources; and Referencing and bibliography. Each of these is subdivided into sections that deal with the topics in a clear and easily digestible fashion. The modules cover most aspects of library research, from defining the research subject to the use of systems and consistency in bibliographies. In addition, they provide information on dealing with many types of library material, such as: journals, both print and electronic; theses; web resources; electronic publications; and government publications. The site also contains a great deal of very useful information and many valuable links, particularly for research libraries and schemes around the United Kingdom and for vital considerations such as copyright law. The site includes information on using the tutorial, which is also available as a Word document for downloading. The modules occasionally refer to the online tutorials made available at PORT, the online research training site made available by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The tutorial is easy to use and to navigate, and individual pages may be printed.
The LiveArch website is the result of a joint project by eight open air museums across Europe, which specialise in living history around archaeological themes. Aimed primarily at professionals within the heritage interpretation and museum industry, the site provides information about LiveArch's training programmes, conferences and workshops for staff in open air museums. Resources include news about past and future seminars, with photographs, relevant press articles, book reviews and selected speeches from workshops and meetings. There are also staff directories with contact details for LiveArch and its partner museums. LiveArch is EU funded within the Culture 2000 project and works closely with EXARC (see separate Intute record)
This site provides information about the McLean Museum and Art Gallery located in Greenock. The museum's collections, described here, include exhibits relating to the history of shipbuilding in the area as well as historic photographs of ships that worked on the Clyde. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
The 'Missing and Stolen Maps Database' is an online website provided by the International Antiquarian Mapsellers Association (IAMA). Launched in Spring 2008, it aims to have an international scope and is the product of... "advanced cooperation and collaboration between dealers, collectors, librarians and curators". The website is free and searchable via a variety of methods. There is a standard report form (free online registration is required to use this feature) to report missing or stolen maps. The 'Acknowledgements' page has full details of the contributors and project partners.
'MUSÉOFILE: Répertoire officiel des musées français' is a subsite of the French Ministère de la culture et de la communication. Users can search for over 1,290 museums according to city, museum name, theme or artist to bring up contact details and basic information on each institution. They can also search via an online map of the country. A related ministry link posts documents elucidating the legal framework in which these national institutions operate: their missions; collections' policies; publications; public relations; their online presence; their safeguarding of national treasures; and their conservation techniques. Site visitors can subscribe to a newsletter entitled 'La Revue des Musées de France'.
Museological review is an online journal editted by research students at the University of Leicesters prestigious Department of Museum Studies. The journal is wide ranging in scope, aiming to provide a forum for a research community frequently split across many diciplines. Topics covered are as varied as archaeology, cultural heritage, contemporary art, science and anthropology. The website includes the current issue and back issues as PDF files. Issue 12 (2007) includes the proceedings of the AHRC-sponsored conference, ‘Material Culture, Identities and Social Inclusion’, which took place in Leicester early in 2006.
The Museum of London website provides a host of information about the museum and its collections. The site has details of permanent collections and of past and current exhibitions. The Museum's galleries deal with all aspects of London life. This site provides a taster for the galleries and exhibitions, which include life on and around the Thames from prehistoric times to the present day. The museum has a strong interest in the archaeology of London and this is reflected on the website. There is a section devoted to the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC), which includes a searchable catalogue of London archaeological sites and general information on archaeology in London. The learning section contains information and resources for teachers. Other features of the website include details on: opening hours, location, events and news. The site includes a database of oral sources, and contemporary opinions on London and by Londoners. Parts of the site (especially useful for visitors) can also be viewed in German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
With museums, galleries and archives under increasing pressure to generate income, widen access to their collections and make effective use of digital technology, the issue of copyright is more important than ever before. This website is provided by the Museums Copyright Group to offer practical advice and resources to professional museum, galleries and library staff. Through the sharing of good practice and lobbying of government the Group also represents museum and archive staff concerned with copyright issues. Information on changes in copyright legislation are explained, and detailed guidelines to the 2003 Copyright Regulations are available as a PDF file. Factsheets include an explanation of copyright relating to photocopying in museums and galleries, and a discussion of the implications of the legal case between the Corel Corporation and the Bridgeman Art Library to the photographing of works of art. In addition, the website also has news and events pages, and information on membership.
The Web Site "Muzeum narodowe we Wrocławiu" (National Museum at Wrocław), a beautifully designed page, provides information about the town's principal museum departments and collections in Polish and English. Wrocław's history, as a German and Polish town, and after the Second World War, as the destination of thousands of immigrants from Lwów (L'viv, Lvov) renders its historical legacies ethnically rich. Permanent exhibitions include funeral culture, Silesian art from the fourteenth century, as well as Polish art from the seventeenth century onwards. This is an extremely useful site for those seeking more information about Polish material culture from the Gothic period until the twentieth century. Brochures of the galleries and exhibition rooms can be viewed in PDF files. Other sites of historical interest which form part of the museum are the famous panorama of the battle at Racławice, the ethnographical museum and the museum of the history of the book. An online bookstore is available on the Polish version of the site, where the publications of the museum can be viewed and purchased.
The Dutch lifeboat service through the ages and the safety aspects on the water are the themes of the displays in this museum situated at Den Helder in the Netherlands. The Lifesaving Museum is named after a well-known sea rescuer from the region, Dorus Rijkers (1847-1928). Artefacts displayed include original lifeboats, ship models, scale models, paintings, pictures, distinctions, life-saving equipment and films. Visitor details are provided. The site is available in Dutch, and an introduction is available in English or German. Frames are used.
The National Railway Museum at York is a department of the Science Museum, and tells the story of the railway. The collection covers railway shipping operations including circa 1870 rolling stock from Seaham Harbour, bells, plaques and model ships, such as the diesel-powered Suffolk Ferry owned by the London and North Eastern Railway and the British Railways. The site includes visitor information, educational and library services, links to other sites, and press releases. A small collection of online photographs include views of viaducts, the Scarborough bridge and the Forth Bridge.
The landing point of the 1870 India – Britain telegraph cable, Porthcurno is an important site in the development of global telecommunications, at its height being the largest telegraph station in the world and home to a school training hundreds of telegraph operators. The underground Museum of Submarine Telegraphy at Porthcurno is housed in tunnels cut during the Second World War and tells the story of telecommunications technology. Visitors to the website can take a virtual tour of the Museum, finding out more about the instruments and the construction of telegraph cables. The Instrument Room contains images and text on a range of instruments, such as the Muirhead Transmitter and Bullock and Browns Unigraph. The Reference Library includes information on the people and principles behind telegraphy; this section covers the construction of submarine telegraph cables and faults that can occur in them such as trawler maul and fish bite. Befitting Porthcurno’s history, the Museum has received AHRC funding for a research project: ‘Connecting Cornwall: Telecommunications, Locality and Work in West Britain 1870-1918’. This project aims to connect historical telecommunictaions sites in Cornwall (including early radio sites at Poldhu, the Lizard, Land's End and Bodmin and the Satellite station at Goonhilly as well as Porthcurno). The project will use the and Wireless historic archive with an emphasis on the Eastern Telegraph Company to develop new research based around a major new exhibition at the Museum – focussing on the lives of the 19th century telegraph workers, and deepening understanding of “ the cultural, economic, social and technological issues raised by the construction of cable and wireless stations in the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods”. The museum is also hosting a number of AHRC-funded PhD studentships, also described here.
The River and Rowing Museum opened in August 1998. It is dedicated to the traditions and environment of the River Thames, the history of the sport of rowing and the historic riverside community of Henley-on-Thames. Topics covered on the site include information about the Rowing, Thames and Henley Galleries as well as special exhibitions; education services offered including upcoming events; brief details of the library collection; and recent press releases. Information for visitors is provided. A regular feature of events and the online presentation is the 'Wind in the Willows' of Kenneth Graham and the accompanying illustrations by E. H. Sheppard.
The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking, part of the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, is dedicated to the history of paper and paper technology. The website provides details about the museum's extensive collections of books, watermarks, papers, tools, machines and manuscripts. Visitors to the site can take a narrated virtual tour of the museum and read illustrated essays on its displays, under the following headings: Forerunners to Paper; The Invention of Paper; The Spread of Papermaking in Europe; The Papermaker; Dard Hunter; Papermaking Moves to the United States; The Advent of the Paper Machine; Watermarks; The Modern Paper Mill; Paper in Our Lives; Recycling in the Paper Industry. Recent issues of the museum's newsletter 'The Paper Trail' are available for downloading.There is also information about current and forthcoming exhibitions and a special interactive watermarks lesson ending in a 'test your knowledge' quiz, together with a teachers' guide.
This is the website for the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, which is part of the Georgia Tech's Institute of Paper Science and Technology. The website has information about the museum, which holds an impressive collection of watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts in addition to books on papermaking and the Dard Hunter collection of artefacts and books on paper and papermaking. The website has general information about the museum, its mission and staff and there is also a virtual museum tour where users can choose to read about the displays in chronological order or from a list of topics.
There is information about workshops run at the museum, as well as details of current and forthcoming exhibitions. The George W. Mead Paper Education Center at the museum runs an education programme and school tours can be requested via the website using a pdf form. The Education section of the website has an online watermarks lesson where users can go through the content using quizzes. There is also a section for teachers, including four lesson plans (aimed at 7th grade students), directions for papermaking and a resources page. Links to a variety of papermaking institutions and resources can also be found on the museum's links page.
The “Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)” bilingual website (English and French) contains information about the Museum and its diverse range of collections and events. Users will need audio and video plug-ins to enjoy parts of this site. The Museum covers both human and natural history and its scope is global, though as one would expect, it is particularly rich in documents and artefacts relating to Canadian history and the native species and peoples of Northern America. Far-Eastern history and cultures are also well represented. The site gives public access information for visitors to the Museum itself and provides some online features. The “exhibits and galleries” section describes the current, past, and future exhibitions of the Museum and a variety of themed galleries. Other sections cover the “collections and research” of the Museum that includes descriptions of the curatorial departments and staff specialities and, “publications and digital media” allows users to access podcasts, 3-D images of artefacts, and a wide ranging number of museum books. In addition, there is access to lists of programs that include lectures, events, and online activities, general information for school visits, shopping and dining activities, and information about membership of the ROM and the important role of the Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum. This is a good site for children, teachers, and students interested in general history, the natural world, and the sciences.
The website of the Society of Archivists is a must for anyone interested in becoming or who is currently an archivist in the areas of corporate, educational, or film archives or in archive preservation. The society caters for a range of members, from students to institutions, and aims to promote the care and preservation of archives, to advance the training of its members and to encourage relevant research and publication. To this end, it organises conferences, regional groups, courses, and training. It also publishes reports and documents, best practice guidelines, and information on records management, preservation and conservation, and film and sound. Many of these can be downloaded from the site. The publications section also has details of the Journal of the Society of Archivists. There is an excellent online careers centre with information on how to apply for postgraduate courses and work experience placements. Details are also given of the society's own Certificate in Archive Conservation.
The Stewart Museum of Montreal records the history of Canada from its discovery by Europeans up to the nineteenth century. The website describes the collections held by the Museum along with details of special exhibitions, educational programmes, and opening times. There is relatively little in the way of specific online content, although their is an online exhibition illustrating the life and works of Abbé Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700-1770). Nollet is remembered for his experimental scientific demonstrations to the French aristocracy and bourgeoisie. This exhibition is in French only, but the rest of the site is in both French and English.
This website, part of the Stoke on line government website, is a gateway to the four main museums in the Stoke-on-Trent area ('the Potteries'): the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Gladstone Working Pottery Museum, the Etruria Industrial Museum and Ford Green Hall. The site provides basic information about each museum, including details of their collections, events and learning facilities. The site provides information on museum collections of archaeology, arts, ceramics, community/social history and natural history. In addition to the important ceramics collections, the museums also house art collections, including twentieth century British painting; costume and textiles dating from the 15th century to the present; glassware, metalwork and dolls; as well as growing collections of contemporary art and craft. Historical material available on the site includes a history of the Etruscan bone and flint mill (the Etruria Industrial museum) and a range of information sheets produced by the Gladstone Pottery Museum, covering the history of Gladstone, pot throwing, the pottery industry in North Staffordshire and bottle ovens. In addition, the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery section of the site links to a selection of its collections online, as well as to a heritage map of the potteries and a potteries time line.
This is the website of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, which was established to commemorate the arrest, trial and punishment of six agricultural workers in Tolpuddle, Dorset for establishing a trade union in 1833. The site carries general information about the museum itself, with opening hours and publications information, along with a section about news and upcoming events, and a contacts list. There is also a brief introduction to the story of George Loveless and the five other men who were transported to Australia for their attempt to organise the local workforce. This section is a little disappointing though, as it does not provide very much information about the Martyrs and their circumstances. However, this is still a useful research for those interested in trade union and labour history. The site features information about the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival.
This is the website of the Toronto Centre for the Book established at the University of Toronto in 1994. The Centre co-ordinates a wide range of interdisciplinary research resources on the history of the book from across collections and initiatives at the University of Toronto. It also offers a programme of lectures and colloquia aiming to bring together all those with an interest in the subject, from faculty, librarians and students to the general public. The most recent of these lectures are freely available to download as podcasts. The Centre particularly seeks to foster postgraduate research by compiling information on research resources in this field; it has links to University of Toronto's Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture. The Centre encourages new membership and joining is free. The information on the website comprises: contact information; a current events list; an archive of past events; a list of committee members; details of current, past and cross-departmental courses; and a few links to related websites.
This is the website of the Ulster American Folk Park, County Tyrone, an outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The site provides a brief historical background to emigration from Ireland to America. The Park tells the story of these emigrants and their everyday lives through the reconstruction of replica buildings, the centrepiece of which is the boyhood home of Judge Thomas Mellon. It is possible to take a tour of the Park. The Park's Emigrants Exhibition gives details of routes, ports and ships, while the Ship and Dockside Gallery reconstructs a typical emigrant dockside and includes a Merchant's Office and a dockside warehouse. The Park's Centre for Migration Studies includes a research library, and an emigration database containing letters, newspaper articles, shipping advertisements, passenger lists, official government reports, and family papers. The site includes visitor information and details of schools programmes. The site is available as a text-only version.
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, County Down, displays bygone crafts and Ireland's largest transport collection in both indoor and outdoor galleries. The General Transport Galleries look at the history of transport. The Titanic Exhibition is a tribute to Belfast shipbuilding, and includes a scale model of the foundering Titanic, vintage photographs, recordings, and newsreel footage. The site includes details on the Titanic Photographic Archive, and how to order photographs from this large collection.
The website "The Violette Szabo Museum" is dedicated to the museum of Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent Violette Szabo. The museum, at the rear of the home of Miss Rosemary Rigby, museum's curator and founder, was opened in 2000 by actress Virginia McKenna, who immortalised Violette in the 1950s British film Carve Her Name With Pride. Violette Szabo worked for the British government as an SOE during the Second World War in German-occupied France, carrying out missions to organise the French resistance (the Maquis). She was captured by German troops on her second mission in June 1944, was imprisoned, tortured and executed at the age of 23. This website aims to promote an awareness of, and appreciation for, the sacrifices made by Violette Szabo and provides information on her life, details of how to plan visits to the museum, and information on books, films and other resources relating to Violette Szabo's life and deeds.
The 'Web Curator Tool' is a free open-source software application for 'web harvesting' (aka 'site ripping' or 'site archiving') of complete websites. It was developed as an academic tool by the National Library of New Zealand and The British Library, and is free to download and use. It includes features that allow the automatic download of an entire website, and the software then reworks all hyperlinks so that the copy will work from a local hard-drive. Annotation and profiling tools are also built into the software. At April 2009 the latest version is v1.4 (2008). The software comes with full documentation, and the website also has details of the project team and the external consultants used for the project. The software is... "designed for use in libraries and other collecting organisations" but also... "supports collection by non-technical users".
This is the website of Wilberforce House, the birthplace of the 18th century politician, William Wilberforce, which now houses collections relating to his campaign to abolish slavery. The website contains information about William Wilberforce, a virtual tour of the museum, a timeline of historical events and a bibliography of relevant papers. Visitor information is also available.
The Yorkshire Air Museum is a memorial to the Allied air and ground crews who served in Yorkshire during World War II. The website gives brief information on the displays, which include the Blackburn Buccaneer, designed as an attack aircraft for the Royal Navy, and the Westland-Sikorski WS51 Dragonfly, mainly used for rescue work with aircraft carriers. The site also includes visitor information, news, upcoming events and links to other aviation sites.