Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Digital Exhibition - 400 Years of the King James Library

With the main celebrations for the University's 600th anniversary just past, it seems a good time to mention that the digital exhibition I mentioned in April did at last get finished!  The idea was to mark the fact that the University Library reaches its 400th year in 2013 as well, so this digital version of the analog exhibition mounted by Special Collections at the Gateway Galleries in October 2012 was developed as a more longstanding memorial of its long history (though of course it would have to be archived itself to be in any real way lasting!)
Research Computing staff were enormously helpful in providing me with a Dreamweaver template, complete with parchment background which reflected the colour theme of the original, and I arranged script and images on that.  I'm quite pleased with the way most of the books open to display sample pages, and the flat documents (a couple of the images licensed to us by the National Library of Scotland and the National Records of Scotland) can be zoomed in on in the manuscript reader.  I hope it brings a few more of the Library's treasures to public notice.  Have a look at it at: https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/digitalhumanities/exhibitions/king-james/index.shtml

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