This website encourages exploration and understanding of and participation around the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Provost Skene's House and the Tolbooth). A selection of images have been digitized to represent the scope and depth of the collections and arranged in virtual tours, including some of relevance for art history, maritime history, the history of science and industry, archaeology and numismatics. There is also an online catalogue of this selection of objects from the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. It is possible to view these objects in various ways: single image with basic cataloguing information; 6 images with a simple caption of the object's title or name; or a list of objects without images. All the images can be enlarged to a full-screen size.
The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is an institution of international standing whose aim is to promote the study of coins, medals and related objects within their social, cultural context and economic contexts. The website provides a wide range of information on the aims, activities, structure, publications and history of the Society, in addition to a series of online resources of interest to students and researchers of ancient, mediaeval and modern coinage and economic history. The society's vast collection of 800,000 coins can be searched with the help of a detailed search engine which provides full descriptions and, in many cases, good quality images which can also be purchased from the Society. There is also a guide to individual departments of the Society and to the scholars who curate them along with some bibliographic material on specific areas of numismatics. On-line resources include annotated bibliographies of numismatic interest sorted by author and subject with past issues available as an archive XML file, together with a series of experimental online publications with high quality illustrations on various themes such as a history of money, a potted account of Roman coinage, and a guide to numismatic terms and methods. A substantial page of links to other numismatic websites provides a excellent set of further resources and guides to national and private collections. The website also hosts the International Numismatic Commission or Commission International de Numismatique, an excellent source of information on many aspects of coinages including histories of collections, bibliographies of leading numismatists and national laws on antiquities.
Historische Hilfs Wissenschaften is a website in German and Italian, created by Prof Dr Horst Enzensberger of the University of Bamberg. It provides an overview and bibliographic listings for the disciplines belonging to the 'auxiliary (ancillary) sciences of history' category. These include: palaeography; codicology; diplomatics; genealogy; chronography; epigraphy; heraldry; numismatics; sigillography; and Latin. The website is structured in three main parts: general introduction of each of the historical subsidiary sciences; individual overviews of each discipline, including listings of reference works; and various illustrative images (mostly of poor quality) of manuscripts, artefacts, medals, etc. There are also links to related courses and events at Bamberg University, and a glossary of the most used terms, each with a bibliography.
The Labyrinth website consists of a collection of annotated links to resources in many different areas of medieval studies. The content concentrates particularly on: art; architecture; religion; history; languages; and literature. The links have been divided into forty-five main subject categories, which may be browsed or searched according to keyword or restricted by type of material. By this latter method, it is possible, for example, to limit the results to primary documents only. The site is continually updated and users are asked to submit new links. This resource would be useful to students or researchers studying the Middle-Ages.
The website of the "Medieval European Coinage" project provides a brief overview of the project and its participants. The site is useful for those interested in European numismatics from the historical aspect, or history. This international collaboration is in the process of publishing a seventeen volume work spanning European coinage from c.450 CE to c.1500 CE. It is arranged by region and draws upon the knowledge of the foremost experts in the field from all areas of Europe. It is the first new work of this type for a century and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue of the coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.The website provides a list of the volumes with an indication as to what stage of publication they are at, details of those working on the project, and acknowledgements of financial support. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Grants scheme.
The Normans, three centuries of achievement, 911 - 1204, is a website created by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, to accompany an exhibition of the same name held in 2004 which followed fortunes of the Normans in England, Sicily and Southern Italy. The website and exhibition were based on Dr William Conte's collection of Norman coins, which is in the Fitzwilliam's holdings. The site covers the following main areas: Scandinavian Homelands and Settlements Overseas; The Normans in Sicily and Southern Italy; The Norman Conquest; The Anarchy of the Reign of Stephen and Hoards and Site Finds. These sections trace the origins of the Normans and their rise and fall, including: the reigns of Robert Guiscard and Roger I in Sicily; William the Conqueror in Normandy and England and the conflict between Stephen and Matilda. The events of the period are described through the lens of the history of coinage. The exhibition is likely to be of use to those with an interest in numismatic history, as well as those looking for an overview of the Normans themselves. Each section is divided into sub-sections that include images of the coins, with brief descriptions setting them in their historical context. The site also includes maps illustrating the scope of Norman rule in Europe. Good quality large images of the coins, without the contextualising descriptions, can be viewed in the site's Gallery. The site includes a small selection of links for Norman history, and a link to the online version of Dr William Conte's collection. The site is informative and easy to use.
The website 'A ramble 'round old Birmingham' is a scholarly illustrated tour of the toy making industry in Birmingham as it was in October 1829. This 18,000-word text is available online as a free book chapter. The chapter was originally part of the 2008 University of Michigan Press book 'Good Money' by George Selgin, but it was not included in the published print edition of the book. The book examines the emergence of private coinage in the city of Birmingham, England, between 1775 and 1821. This will be a useful free text for those studying the Industrial Revolution in the Midlands, for local and regional historians, and for historians of the free market and entrepreneurship in eighteenth-century economics. Selgin is Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia in the U.S.A.
This short Web page provides an introduction to the 17th-century traders' tokens held in the collection at Kingston Upon Thames museum. Traders' tokens were used during the English Civil War to overcome currency shortages. They were manufactured in a variety of materials and bore the insignia of the tradesman who produced them. The website provides images of the tokens of five local tradesmen, with brief biographical information. There is also a brief description of how the town experienced the Civil War. The site will serve as an introductory guide to teachers and students.
This is the website of the Société Jersiaise (Jersey, Channel Islands), which was founded in 1873 for the study of Jersey archaeology, history, natural history and language and the conservation of the environment. Of particular note is the society's photographic archive, containing over 60,000 images, with an online public catalogue giving access to around half this number. A small sample of these are digitised and available online. The organisation's officers are all contactable from this resource, and their expertise is clearly and helpfully set out by subject, such as: archaeology; archives; bibliography; garden history; history; "La Langue Jerriaise"; numismatics and textile history. The society works closely with the Jersey Heritage Trust and the Jersey Museums Service, and there are details online of the Society's own reference library including collection level descriptions for their holdings relating to history and archaeology, family history, and local history. Details of how to access the printed catalogues of the photographic archive of the society are also given, as well as a description of the subjects of the holdings of about 40,000 images from the 1850s to the present day. Online there are also "People and Places" exhibitions (annual "calendars") that present images from the collection. However, apart from some information about the image's reproduction there is little interpretation of the subject of each. The site is presented in English and in the Jčrriais language.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
This web resource, produced to accompany an exhbition of the same title, provides a short history of the use of money in Africa, illustrated with examples from the British Museum collection – from the silver ingots used in ancient Egypt through different local measures of wealth like cloth and Manillas (copper bracelets), to the coins and notes of colonial and post-independence states. Research related to the exhibition and resource received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Österreichische Mediathek, akustische Chronik is an online mulitmedia timeline of 20th-century Austrian history displayed through audio excerpts, photographs, scanned images and videos. There are some extremely valuable historical materials here, which will particularly serve teachers and students and should be of interest to researchers and members of the public. The audio files are in German except for one audio recording of Sigmund Freud speaking mainly in English; there is also a later audio recording of Freud describing his 1939 emigration from Austria to Britain to flee the Nazis. Famous figures predominate, ranging from Emperor Franz Joseph I to Hitler, but there are plenty of important but less well-known Austrian personalities here, such as actors, writers, composers, scientists and politicians. The site also posts contemporary recordings of popular music and scanned images of stamps and coins. Entries on figures such as Austria's first astronaut, Franz Viehbö̈ck, broaden the offerings beyond cultural history. Each year has an individual timeline available in a menu at the bottom of the main chronology. This is a resource that stands apart from the rest in terms of its creative presentation and outstanding archival materials.