The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBC&D) website is the home page for the ex libris enthusiasts network and the ASBC&D (ex libris is the Latin 'from books' and is commonly used to describe the printed piece of paper pasted into the first pages of a book to show ownership). The website provides some basic information on bookplates on the front page, including images of the bookplates of several significant historical figures (such as Queen Victoria, Charles de Gaulle and George Washington). Of more significance, however, is the 'Articles of Interest' section which holds several detailed articles on the use and detail of different bookplates from around the world. There is also a bookplate gallery section to the Web page, which provides images of a number of older and more modern bookplates, along with some biographical information on the main artists. Although the website's main focus is members of the ASBC&D, the articles provide an interesting and valued commentary on a rare and relatively unknown point of interest.
Explore Highlights is an online database of exhibits from the collections of the British Museum. The site describes thousands of objects, sorted under headings of 'culture,' 'people,' 'place,' and 'material,' all of which are described in some detail and accompanied by good quality images. Descriptions of artifacts from across the world are designed for the general public rather than archaeologists, and technical terms are explained. Each description does however conclude with suggested further reading that may be of use to a more scholarly browser. The website also offers virtual tours, and an excellent search engine. The presentation of the site is impeccable, and, although it is targeted toward the general public rather than an academic audience, the site will doubtless be of interest to the scholar wishing to find what exhibits the British Museum holds in specific fields.
This website brings together material at the British Museum of interest to researchers. Of particular note are the details of individual research projects, which include a vast range of subjects in the fields of archaeology, art history, anthropology, world cultures and museology. Additionally, the website makes available a limited number of fulltext research publications as well as bibliographic details of all the museums publications, including the fulltext online journal British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan. The pages also include a link to the Museum’s online collections database of its two dimensional pictorial art holdings, and details of the Museum's own archives and Paul Hamlyn reference library.
These Web pages from the Imperial War Museum' Collections (Exhibits and Firearms) provides an in-depth look at the four most common British service medals from the First World War. These medals will be familiar to genealogists and others researching family history, as well as those interested in military history. There is an overview of the medals awarded to British and Commonwealth servicemen and servicewomen. General service during the World War I was recognised by the issue of the 1914 Star (or the 1914-15 Star if appropriate), the British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Victory Medal 1914-1919. This trio of awards became popularly known as "Pip, Squeak and Wifred" from the character names of a contemporary newspaper cartoon. By clicking on the image of each of the four medals in the "trio" detailed information is displayed, including: history; description; eligibility (the services are listed here); as well as links to further information.
The website of the Cheshire Record Office provides information on the archives and archival records of the County of Cheshire from the 12th century onwards. It is the essential holding for those researching the local history of Cheshire and Chester. The collection holds one of the most complete set of criminal records of any English county. Parish registers from the sixteenth century onwards, wills and probate records and census returns from 1841 to 1901 are all held, as well as poor law records, diocesan and nonconformist records, maps, deeds and electoral records. Catalogues are accesible online, and supplemented by the wills database, railway staff database, and records of Overleigh cemetery which covers 1850-1891. Online the tithe maps of Victorian Cheshire can be consulted. The office offers a postal and email service and there is information on the facilities at the archive, based in central Chester. Requests can be made for on-site archivists to carry out research for those who cannot visit the archive in person. There are helpful sections on those researching family history, and a newletter published twice a year can be downloaded using Acrobat Reader. Of particular use is the section on preserving and conserving personal records. There are links to the Conservation Unit at the Cheshire Record Office and to staff at the Grosvenor Museum, who hold a free object identification service once a week.
This website is about the Codex Sinaiticus, one of the most important extant, handwritten copies of the Christian Bible in Greek, and the Codex Sinaiticus Project, which is a partnership made up of the British Library, Leipzig University Library, St Catherine's Monastery and the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg. The four institutions hold over 400 leaves between them of the Codex Sinaiticus. Found in Sinai in 1844, and written well over 1,600 years ago, the manuscript includes the oldest complete copy of the New Testament, and the aim of the project is undertake archival research, preserve the leaves, digitise all of them from the four locations, and establish a website that will feature images and aligned transcriptions of all extant leaves by July 2009. The website provides detailed information about the Codex Sinaiticus, its significance, history, content, and production, as well as information about the work of the project, including details about how the leaves are to be conserved, photographed and presented on the website. The 'see the manuscript' area allows you to view actual leaves from the Codex, with transcriptions along side it, with the aim of including translations as well. The project is partially supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
This website describes the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto. The programme is set up for postgraduate students involved in masters or doctoral research in various disciplines, but whose topics share a common interest in the physical, cultural, or theoretical aspects of the book. This interdisciplinary approach brings together the expertise of faculty members from across the University of Toronto in English, History, Modern Languages, Information Studies, Music, Medieval Studies and other departments. The website provides links to the degree programmes and course details, application procedures and administrative information, libraries, directories of faculty and students, and a short list of Web resources. The site also features a list of links.
This webpage outlines Harold Mytum’s AHRC-funded research project into the funerary monuments associated with Scots settlers in Ulster, North America and Australia. Through examining graveyard memorials, texts and symbols the shifting patterns of cultural and political affiliations can be traced over time and place and the dynamic relation between coloniser and colonised can be illuminated. The website describes work to date, as well as providing links to Mytum’s other work, including graveyard research.
This website grew out of an exhibition of the collection, held by the University of Göttingen, which showcased some 300 Pacific island artefacts collected by James Cook on his famous voyages in the 1700s. The site, which is very easy to navigate and use, also has research essays, an extensive bibliography and links to other online resources on James Cook. There are three options to search for resources: users can browse by 'place' (i.e. where the artefacts came from); by 'category' (i.e. what the artefacts are - such as combs or clothing) or browse all, which simply lists the artefacts. Each artefact has an image and details relating to its construction, materials, origins and so on. The Web page is highly valuable to historians of the Pacific Islands in the eighteenth century, and is of very significant general interest.
"Corsair" is a searchable repository of pictures of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts by The Pierpont Morgan Library. This website also contains data about other materials which form part of the collection, including: ancient seals; cuneiform tablets; drawings; rare printed books; and musical scores. All data are accessible via simple search forms. The library has plans for the digitisation of its entire collection of rare materials and all pictures will be accessible via this website. Introductory pages on all sections of the collections are already available. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
The website 'Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on the Screen' is an online activity-packed presentation created to accompany an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum from 2001-2002. The exhibition is designed to help the user understand how antique toys, games, films, musical instruments, puppets, and other artefacts were used and enjoyed without touching the real thing. The interface (available as Flash or in HTML) allows for direct interaction without too many words or instructions. Each artefact is accompanied by a detailed caption, printable version available, as well as animation or Real One Player videos. All resources have different versions available for the user to choose in relation to their level of bandwidth to access the Internet. The website received an honourable mention in the MUSE Award 2002 for Art from the Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM).
This website provides access to a report by the Research Information Network (RIN), 'Discovering physical objects: meeting researchers' needs'. Published in October 2008, the report investigated how researchers in four different disciplines (archaeology, art history, earth sciences, and social and economic history) found out about, and gained access to, collections of objects that were relevant to their research in museums and other organisations. It also looked at how the organisations were helping the researchers in their search. The report discovered that, while researchers wanted online access to finding aids, to enable them to plan their visits to museums and collections, they seem unaware of the online catalogues that currently exist or are being developed. It also found that researchers viewed contact with curatorial staff as being of critical importance, and suggested that there would be "great scope for developing collaboration between museums, galleries and the research community, which would bring benefits to both [researchers and curatorial staff]". Following discussions with researchers and curators, the report made a number of recommendations. The report is available to download as a PDF file.
This is a Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) program to teach the analysis of documentary photography, using the work of Jacob Riis (1849 - 1914), the American photographer, as an example. Its creation was funded by HEFCE and the CAL Group at the University of Nottingham and it is published on the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) website. It is free to install, although VADS have to be contacted for a serial number, without which installation will not be possible; the contact details are on the website. Once installed, the program uses images, text and hyperlinked glossaries, leading the user through the process of analysing documentary photography from first principles, using Riis' work as an example. Riis is best known for his depiction of urban poverty among the tenements of New York City. The users' interpretation is then compared to that of the lecturer. The program can be used as a self-study aid or within a classroom context.
Ephemera from the Age of Victoria : Printed and Manuscript Artifacts from the Collection of Barbara Rusch is an online exhibtion hosted by the E. J. Pratt Library, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The site commemorates an actual exhibition held at the Library in early 1998. The website explains that ephemera are defined "as the documents of everyday life intended for short-term use and disposal." The term -- and exhibition -- include: pamphlets ; newspapers ; calendars ; greeting cards ; posters ; advertising novelties ; and consumer product packaging. The site underscores the historical immediacy that these items donate to the study of Social and Cultural History. And the online display confirms the sentimentality, love of glowing colour, and widespread consumption of bizarre medicines associated with common Victoriana. Among these, a section entitled How to be a Proper Victorian is most revealing, including pamphlets entitled 'From the Ballroom to Hell : Facts about Dancing. A Dancing Master's Experience' and 'The Enterprising Housekeeper.' An added feature allows users to click to see the front and back of several items. Visually attractive and easy to navigate, the site should serve as a teaching tool and a starting point for researchers to assess the content of University of Toronto's impressive archival collections in the fields of Victorian and British Imperial History.
Epigraphica Europea is the website of the Epigraphisches und Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum (Centre for Research and Documentation in Epigraphy) at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich, which is dedicated to the research of European inscriptions from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period. The site is in German. The website reflects the activities of the centre: news, publications, and staff. Online resources include the large collection of photographs of inscriptions, which has been standardized for the past 20 years. The site explain the principles of classification and offers guides to the database. Images are of outstanding quality and can be enlarged. Further resources on the site include: secondary literature; an introduction to epigraphy; a lexicon; and links. This is an essential reference source for any epigraphist and historian of the period, though the language barrier can limit its use.
This is a History of the Book website, providing a selection of texts on book history in the British Isles. The focus of most of the texts included in the site is the West of England, the County of Devon in particular. There are biographical dictionaries of book trade personnel, and indexes to those working in the book trade gathered from such sources as apprentice records, insurance policies, and lists of bankrupts. The site also offers lists of Devon imprints and a history of the book in Devon from earliest times to 2000. The site overall is particularly strong in its coverage of the later 18th century.
The "Finds Research Group AD 700-1700" website provides an introduction to this group which is a forum for people interested in or researching artefacts of the Anglo-Saxon, Viking, medieval and post-medieval periods. The website includes details of forthcoming conferences and meetings, a list of datasheets produced by the forum which communicate the results of ongoing work, membership details and short list of links. One datasheet (Prick Spurs 700-1700 by Blanche M.A. Ellis) is available as an example in PDF format. Membership forms are available on line for printing out (in html format). Details of committee members are also presented. The short list of links includes other finds societies and groups, museums and governmental bodies related to archaeology.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive website provides online, for free, unprecedented access to primary source material from some of the major British First World War poets. This archive consists predominantly of correspondence and manuscripts from the poets: Wilfred Owen; Edward Thomas; Robert Graves; David Jones; Roland Leighton; Isaac Rosenberg; and Vera Brittain, plus contextual images, video and audio, from the Imperial War Museum and other institutions. These include a complete run of "The Hydra" (the Journal of the Patients at the Craiglockhart War Hospital, plus propaganda pamphlets, forces' newspapers, and postcards). Other poets being researched by the project include: Edmund Blunden; Ivor Gurney; and Siegfried Sassoon - their material should be added to the archive in the summer-autumn 2009. The project shows how these resources can be used in teaching - at all levels and for subjects as diverse as Gender Studies, English literature, literacy, Media Studies, Welsh as a Second Language and History. The archive builds on the Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature Project (1996-98) which was widely used in schools, further education colleges, and for university teaching and research. The tutorials created for that earlier project have been updated: The four tutorials consist of: An Introduction to World War I Poetry (referring to the work of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Isaac Rosenberg, and women's poetry, as well as Trench poetry and songs); Issac Rosenberg's "Break of Day in the Trenches"; An Introduction to Manuscript Study and the Creation of a Critical Edition (examining Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est"); and An Introduction to Text Analysis. The archive offers a "path creation scheme" whereby teachers and other users can annotate and save their own route through the materials.The project is based at the University of Oxford and is part of the JISC Digitisation Programme.
There are also sample tutorials, links to related websites, and podcasts from individuals such as Ian Hislop, Richard Holmes, Max Arthur, and Gary Sheffield, as well as recordings made at conferences and events about the literature of World War One.
The project has also collected materials about the First World War held by the British public into the Great War Archive. This includes diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, memorabilia and other ephemera from ex-soldiers, service personnel and the home front.
The Franks Casket website is entirely devoted to the interpretation of the language and symbolism of the famous 7th-century carved whalebone casket, now kept in the British Museum. The examination of the object itself is divided into seven sections, beginning with an overview of the casket's history and decoration, and continuing with an examination of each panel in turn. The site's author, Dr Alfred Becker, looks at the images depicted on each panel and also at the accompanying runic inscriptions and how these fit into an overall scheme. The study is well illustrated with details of the carvings, and contextualises the casket with historical and religious detail. This site would be of use to those studying the Anglo-Saxon art or history, especially in the context of the intermingling of pagan and Christian ideologies. This site is available in German or English versions, both accessible from this URL.
The History of Eating Utensils is a project run by the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences. The Department is home to the Rietz Food Technology Collection. This collection contains almost 1,400 items assembled by Carl Austin Rietz, an inventor and businessman in the American food industry. An online database enables users to search the Rietz collection of utensils originating from all parts of the world. Commentaries are also available on the site concerning the history of knives; forks; spoons; chopsticks and portable cutlery. The objects and information are thoroughly referenced. The site provides information about when and where the collection is currently on exhibition.
This website is an online resource offered in collaboration by the Science Museum, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, and the National Railway Museum, which together form the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI). Over 30,000 objects, images and pictures from the combined collections are accessible via the site, with the aim of 'Celebrating and exploring the many feats of human ingenuity that have shaped our lives'. While the overall presentation of the site suggests it is for a general audience, its links to primary source material in the hard copy collection broaden its usefulness to the needs of undergraduate students. The site is divided into sections: 'Read', offers articles across a range of subjects, with links to associated images, further readings, biographies and primary source materials; 'Debate' enables online discussions, including, for example, 'Should the state pay to make ugly people beautiful?'; 'See' has access to more than 30,000 images from the collection of the NMSI, many of which have not been seen publicly before; 'Create' offers the opportunity to build an image library. This site offers useful access to a huge collection of material for the early stages of research and, aside from a visually irritating home page, is well-presented and structured so that users can follow the information through various levels of detail.
The International Map Collectors' Society is a London-based association for collectors of antique maps and charts. The Society has held international symposiums since 1980 and has published a quarterly journal since 1984. The most useful public part of the website is a set of sample full-text articles taken from the journal, on: "Judging a map's condition"; "Distinguishing fake from real"; "Looking after antique maps and prints"; "Photographing your maps"; "Mounting maps and prints"; "Framing maps and prints"; "Small repairs to antique maps"; "Cataloguing map collections" and "Insurance for map collections". The website has details of the Committee and national representatives, and an online membership form that can accept credit card payments. The Society offers a postal lending library to members. Members have access to password-protected areas of the website.
Lichfield Angel' is a website containing a wealth of detail about a rare stone carving found at Lichfield Cathedral, in the West Midlands of England. Damaged and buried after a hostile raid on Mercia circa the year 800, the carving is a rare survival from the period, untouched by weathering or human intervention. The website contains a wealth of detail and images about the discovery, recording and conservation of the angel. There are also interactive 3D models, and Quicktime files. The angel is due to go on permanent show to the public from 24th June 2007, as part of the £8m restoration of Lichfield Cathedral.
The Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project website provides detailed information on the project, sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art. The project aims to assist the identification of geographic origin and attribution of sculptures which have been removed from their original context. One of the outcomes of the project is a database, accessible from this site, that contains information about the compositional characterization of different types of stone, providing 'fingerprints' by which to identify the origins of pieces of sculpture. The website also gives further information on: the project's methodology (and its limitations); an example based on the sculpture of a head of an angel shown to be in probability from Notre-Dame; and a bibliography. This site would be of interest to students and scholars studying the technical history of sculpture, particularly of the medieval period.
'Looking forward to the past' is the website of a 2006 one-day conference organised by the AHRB and the CCLRC to "stimulate collaborations between those researching the materials of our cultural heritage in art, archaeology, the built environment and conservation." The well-designed website has full details of the conference, and offers a downloadable conference "abstract book" in PDF format. There is also a section for 'Oral & Poster Abstracts', that contains PDF copies of posters and MS Powerpoint slides from the spoken presentations. There are free copies of the nine pre-conference mailshots to download. There are useful direct Web links, to the Parliamentary Select Committee report on 'Science and Heritage' and to the Government reply.
The Mary Rose website provides information on the famous Tudor warship, built between 1509 and 1511, and rediscovered in the 1960s and raised in 1982. (The site also includes dispatches from the dive vessel Terschelling, from the further excavations undertaken during the summer of 2003). It was due to the dogged determination of Alexander McKee that the great ship was rediscovered. In addition to the ship, a treasure trove of Tudor artefacts, which have been catalogued in an online searchable database, were recovered. These are on display at the Mary Rose Museum, along with a life-sized reconstruction of the Barber Surgeon's cabin. The site is easy to navigate and provides illustrations of the reconstruction along with technical details of the marine archaeology of the project. The site offers information about its archaeological services, learning resources for schools, especially for Key Stage Two. This site is of broad interest to those interested in the Tudor period and naval history. Some documents are available only in PDF format and some presentations require the Flash plugin.
The website "Object Lessons" is funded by the New Opportunities Fund, and is an online display of some two hundred artefacts housed in the Islington Artefacts Library, a collection of original and replica historical objects including toys, costumes and domestic items. The site has been designed with teachers and school learners in mind, and much of the online material is relevant to the national curriculum. The objects are taken from across history, from Roman times to the Second World War, and have been divided into seven categories, childhood, work, health, clothes, homes, and conflicts, to enable users to browse them with ease. The teachers' resources gives suggestions how to use the information on this website in the classroom, these can be seen in PDF files. Each section can be navigated by historical period or world - all of the images and information about the artefacts are categorised in this way. It is also possible to perform a keyword search of the site to locate information.
'Object Lessons Online' is the electronic, virtual, version of an exhibition that was held in 2003 at the Talbot Rice Art Gallery at Edinburgh University. The exhibit consists of a Quicktime tour through the collection, which includes books and manuscripts, portraits and early keyboard instruments. The following exhibitions and items can also be viewed: From Bones to Boards: Space, Calculation and Structure; Bodies, Inside and Out; The Human Face; Sound; Figures in the Landscape; Robert Barker's Panorama of Edinburgh; a phial of Alexander Fleming's penicillin; the only authentic painted portrait of John Knox, Charles Darwin's class cards; the skull of George Buchanan. These are panoramas which can be viewed in high resolution with the possibility to zoom in and out with the cursor and to see the hotspots of each displayed item. This is a highly informative website.
This is the website for the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum, “one of the world's great collections” contains over half a million ethnographic and archaeological objects from all over the world, and is celebrated for its displays – as a working research and teaching resource display cases organise artefacts by type rather than culture, and are “very crowded” with revealing hand-written labels. Many of the objects were donated by early anthropologists and explorers, ranging from a Tahitian mourner's costume, collected during Captain Cook's Second Voyage in 1773-74 to brasses and ivories from the Kingdom of Benin. As well as objects, the museum has an exceptional (having ‘Designated Status’ in its own right) photography collection of “images of native peoples and cultural activities” which has developed since the museum’s foundation in 1884. Further important collections include manuscripts (chiefly papers of field anthropologists) and unique sound and film archives, recorded in the field and exceptional in the material held from an early date. The website explores the collections in detail, with a range of online resources based around specific collections (such as the Tibet Album of early photographs of Tibet), an online catalogue (unfortunately currently not illustrated) and details of current research. The museum receives core funding from the AHRC.
'The other within, an anthropology of Englishness' is a major ESRC-funded research project that seeks to explore ideas about Englishness as seen in the historical collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, which contains "40,000 objects from England". The project runs from 2006 until 2009, and aims to "analyse the collections of the museum, together with the history and motives of the people making the collections". The project webpage contains an outline of the project, details of staff, details of sub-projects, and two six-monthly progress reports.
This is the blog of the Plug Street Project - an archaeological project in Belgium. The project is based around excavations on the First World War Battlefield in the area around the village of Ploegsteert, in Wallonia (Comines-Warneton and Messines). The project builds on investigations in the UK, and this online resource consists of blog postings from team members about the fieldwork - a sort of dig diary with reports and photographs from the excavations. Reports also include press stories and excavation notes about the site of the Battle of Messines (1917) as well as wider issues to do with the material culture of the war, drawing together themes from social and landscape contexts. Finds are tracked from their discovery and recording, through their conservation and their analysis. These have included the remains of at least one soldier (an Australian). The project directors are two archaeologists from the UK Ministry of Defence but the project is actually led by No Man's Land - The European Group for Great War Archaeology and the Comines-Warneton Historical Society. Other academic departments involved include the Universities of Bradford, Cranfield (Shrivenham), Bristol, Cambridge, Northumbria, Birmingham and London Metroploitan, as well as Ghent in Belgium.
The website "Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland" is the online collection of this publication. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland has been active since the late 18th century and began the publication of its Proceedings in 1851. The Proceedings quickly established itself as the Society's primary journal taking the place of Archaeologia Scotica (also available online via the ADS/ARCHway) and continues to this day. In 2002 the Society embarked on a Historic Scotland funded project to make the entire contents of the Proceedings available online in a digital format. The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland deal with a wide range of subjects related to Scottish archaeology, artefacts and architectural history both within Scotland and within its wider British and European context. To date, the complete text of all volumes between 1 (1851-4) and 132 (2002) are available to download. Each volume has been scanned and split into its component articles which can be separately downloaded as PDF files via a volume-by-volume contents page.
The website 'The Rebellion of 1798: A document facsimile pack' consists of a downloadable PDF file containing 17 facsimiles of seventeen important documents relating to the Irish uprising of 1798 against Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland. The site is part of the National Archives of Ireland website. The unsuccessful rebellion of 1798 was initiated by the Society of United Irishmen, lead by figures such as Wolfe Tone and Beaucamp Bagnall Harvey. The documents begin with the Lord Lieutenant Earl Camden's 1796 report on the state of Ireland and conclude with the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin's letter to Castlereagh in 1800, complaining of continued outrages in County Wexford. Other documents include: the oath of the United Irishmen; the bulletin announcing the arrest of Lord Edward Fitzgerald; Ebenezer Jacob's letter reporting the defeat of the government troops at Oulart Hill; General Sir James Duff's despatch describing the dispersal of the rebels at the Curragh; and a copy of a proclamation signed by James Napper Tandy. Many of the documents are handwritten and require a bit of concentration to read, a transcription of the originals being provided. Notes for teachers wishing to use the documents in history lessons are included.
Regia Anglorum (The Kingdoms of the English) is the website of a historical re-enactment group (described as a living history group), which focuses on the period between AD 950 and 1066. They perform public re-enactments, have experience of television work, and are currently reconstructing a fortified Anglo-Saxon manor house named Wychurst. Although not an academic site in the strictest sense of the word this society prides itself on its authenticity and provides a wonderful insight into the period. It is of particular interest to those studying cultural and social history, as there is much material on the role and position of different villagers, stories and poems, the significance of places, and a collection of random articles including: Anglo-Saxon Military Organisation; Braid Weaving; Feasting and Fasting; Flora; and Kingmakers. An excellent resource for those interested in the history of England in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
This is the archived website of "A Shape Retrieval System for Watermark Images" a project of interest to those researching or studying historical watermarks and conservation techniques. The aim of the project is to create a watermark archive as a resource to inform techniques in art and paper conservation. One aspect of the project was to create SHREW (shape retrieval of watermarks), which would enable searches of watermarks by general shape similarities. The second aspect was to create a test collection of digitised watermark images, through which different methods of reproduction could be compared. These materials form the Northumbria Watermarks Archive, to which there is a link on the page. The website explains in detail the methodologies used in the project and provides excellent sample images, which require the ability to view large images. Links are provided to other major digitised collections of watermarks. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants award scheme.
This is currently the main website for the 1,500-item Staffordshire Hoard. The Hoard is a very large and significant find of Anglo-Saxon worked gold and silver, discovered by a metal detectorist in a mid Staffordshire field in 2009. The find was saved for the nation through public fund-raising in 2010, and will be permanently displayed in Stoke-on-Trent (the collecting authority museum) and Birmingham in the UK. At June 2010 the website has: an archive of the initial press and media materials; details of the partners working to conserve and buy the Hoard; a questions and answers page; potted biographies of the individuals concerned; and an interactive slide show of the excavation of a village of the period. The most useful parts of the website for scholars will be found via the Artefacts page - an initial 'Catalogue of the objects in the hoard' which is available for download as a PDF file. This catalogue is accompanied by a 659 image gallery of the Hoard.
The website Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) introduces this association established in 1981 to encourage the study and preservation of the rich heritage of decorative glazed brick in the United Kingdom. One of the chief aims of the society is to produce a comprehensive online gazetteer and searchable database of all significant sites in the country (still in progress at the time of writing) and to provide support and advice on conservation for tile enthusiasts on a local level. Decorated tiles have been used in Britain since the Roman period but it was particularly with the explosion of church and cathedral building in the 13th and 14th centuries that they became an important feature of internal decoration. By the 19th century, the mass production of architectural ceramics extended their use to a much wider range of structures (both inside and out) including public buildings, commercial buildings, factories and gin palaces but also the more affluent private houses and public lavatories. The TACS website site provides a helpful and colourfully illustrated introduction to the history and usage of tiles, virtual tours of buildings and cities with notable examples (such as Poole and Newcastle) and relevant news items. Free downloads of files containing further information are also available. Other notable features include the 'Tile file' which documents the history of the most important industrial manufacturers of tiles (information for purchase is available), a useful page of links to various related websites (including much of wider architectural interest) and a guide to the journal published by the society. This resource will interest a wide constituency of users, including archaeologists (especially those concerned with mediaeval, post-mediaeval and industrial remains), historians of architecture and design, including researchers into the social aspects of building decoration, and heritage professionals charged with the preservation of the historic built environment. Some of the work-in-progress has not been updated in a while.
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 website describes Professor Peter Gow’s AHRC funded project which aims, through analysis of archives, ethnographic objects and a period spent living with the Piro people, to reconstruct the Amazonian landscape as constructed by the trading journeys of the Piro people in the 19th Century.
This website presents discussion on the history and current status of a steam trawler, the Viola. Built in 1906 for the Hull trawling firm Hellyers and requisitioned by the Admiralty in September 1914, the vessel was armed and spent the Great War on anti-submarine duties, firstly off Shetland and then on the east coast of England. The vessel had a number of encounters with U-boats and was probably involved in the destruction of the UB-30 and UB-115 in August and September 1918. The vessel still survives and lies at the old whaling station of Grytviken in South Georgia. The website has easy navigation options at the bottom of the page, and details the history of the trawler, along with its current status, a gallery of images, and gives information on the hopes to salvage and save the important military artefact.
This is the online full-text of M.R. James's articles entitled "The wanderings and homes of manuscripts" (London, 1919), dealing with the survival and transmission of ancient literature. Questions such as where manuscripts were made, how and in what centres they have been collected, and ways of tracing out their history are addressed in this text. The article was scanned as part of the Tertullian project, which is a collection of ancient and modern texts about the ancient Christian Latin writer Tertullian and his writings. The website is very well maintained and is added to regularly.
The website "Western Australian Museum Department of Maritime Archaeology online databases" has made a number of databases available online. There are five databases in total: artefacts; bibliography; strangers on the shore (which contains records of all known European and Asian shipwrecks around Western Australia where survivors have had indigenous social contact); numismatics; and Western Australian shipwrecks. The last includes details of the names of the ships wrecked; date of loss; area in which the ship was wrecked; and whether the wreck has been found. The bibliographic listing gives information about 6,000 primary and secondary sources available in the museum library. Each of the databases is searchable, but they cannot currently be searched as an entire collection. All of the material relates to maritime history in Western Australia.