This Web resource is part of the Digital Mirror online collection of the National Library of Wales and offers access to the most ancient scientific manuscript in the Library's collections (Shelf number NLW MS 735C). The manuscript contains a number of Latin texts on astronomy in two sections which date from the first and second centuries AD and originate from the Limoges area of France. It also offers an overview, which may be read in English or Welsh, on what little background information is known and details of an article in the National Library of Wales Journal, by P. McGurk, for further reading. The digital edition of the text has been made accessible for those with a 56k web connection or slower, or those who have access to a broad band connection, via two separate links. The main page of the digitised version offers full details for referencing and access to each page by folio number. This is a valuable resource, offering high quality online access to a rare text, which is presented with sufficient information to enable detailed research and precise preparation for any visit to view the original.
This is the very sophisticated site of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, in Milan. At its heart is a virtual reality tour of the large section of the museum devoted to the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The simulation allows viewers to explore the beautiful architecture of the museum as well as the many machines, constructed from Leonardo's drawings, that have been built. Among the reconstructions both at the museum and online are Leonardo's armoured car, glider and revolving crane.The museum also has sections containing locomotives and air & sea transportation. Images of the exhibits can be viewed via the website, and there are links to a number of Italian libraries and archives.
The website of the Prague Technical Museum offers a useful introduction to a key location in the Czech Republic for the study of the history of science and technology. The site has full details of the Museum's background and remit, as well as up to date information on current events, exhibitions and news. The site lists the collections in the Museum, which include Acoustics; Architecture and the Building Industry; Chemistry and Biotechnology; Consumer Industry; Food Industry; Foto-Cinematography; Industrial Design; Mechanical Engineering; and Transport. Each collection is introduced with an overview and links to details on key artefacts or figures featured. A glossary of terms mentioned in the collections pages is also included. The 'Activities' section of the website includes information about current scientific projects and publications, as well as updates on the restoration work undertaken since the flooding of the Museum in 2002. This site offers a vital preparation for any researcher planning to visit the Museum and useful basic information for early research on science and technology generally. The site is in Czech with an English translation available. Aside from a few syntax confusions, the standard of the translation is good.
The National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Division website provides access to a variety of resources relating to medical history. The website presents a wealth of resources and information on a wide range of medical history topics. Perhaps of greatest benefit will be the 'Historical Collections' section of the website, which presents a number of sub-themes (including 'books and journals', 'archives and manuscripts' and 'digital collections'). The information presented here is excellent laid out and will prove to be of significant interest to those interested in the history of medicine.
The website of the United Kingdom's National Railway Museum in York provides access details, corporate information, special exhibitions, and details of many of the exhibits and features of the museum itself.The site includes: information and details of the photographic archive held at the museum; collections of railway posters, many of which can be viewed in an online exhibition; a gallery of the work of railway photographer Eric Treacy; another gallery devoted to the work of the illustrator John Cooke Bourne; and an 'exhiblet' on the Japanese 'bullet train', the Shinkansen. There are fact files for many of the locomotive engines held by the museum, from Robert Stephenson's 'Rocket' onwards. Photographs showing the interior of the Museum give potential visitors a taste of what to expect. There are lists of the engines and rolling stock housed in the collections. Whilst designed more for the general public than historians, this site provides a colourful general introduction to British railway history, and useful information as to the museum's holdings.