Nottinghamshire Live: See these lovely old photos of Nottingham which feature on city library’s new website. “Photographs of old Nottingham never fail to fascinate. They reveal the way some things have changed … and some have stayed the same. They show a time when people had less, but always looked happy to pose for the camera. They record the steps of progress in fashion, housing, transport, education and occupation. Now, a new website hosting thousands of old Nottingham photographs has opened online, a century after the city’s photographic collection was established, giving people instant access to all manner of historic images capturing our rich social heritage.” Even if you don’t want to go to the photo collection, read the article. Whoever chose the photos to include with it did a great job. I did mention this collection at the beginning of November, but I’m mentioning it again because it’s completely launched and the photos are that good.
West Bridgford Wire: New website of Nottingham photos goes live 100 years after collection was launched. “A new website hosting thousands of Nottingham photographs will be launched from 1 November 2018, one hundred years after the city’s photographic collection was established…. Images include some of the oldest Nottingham photographs from the 1850s, taken by Samuel Bourne, as well as many local pictures, engravings and sketches dating from the 1700s onwards.”
British Library: Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms online. “Ahead of the Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, we are delighted to announce that over 200 manuscripts made or owned in England before 1100 can now be viewed in full online on our Digitised Manuscripts website, along with the surviving single-sheet documents produced before the Norman Conquest.”
Thames Water: New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London. “Thousands of never-before-seen images documenting Thames Water’s past and the growth of London are now available to the public after a mammoth archiving project. The historic photographs of iconic and critical sites, including Walthamstow reservoirs, Abbey Mills pumping station and Beckton sewage works, from across the capital span almost a century, from 1886 to 1976, and can be downloaded for free.”
British Library: Anglo-Saxon charters online. “In anticipation of the British Library’s major Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, which opens on 19 October, we are delighted to have added the vast majority of our Anglo-Saxon single-sheet charters to our Digitised Manuscripts site. A full list of the 203 charters currently available can be downloaded here; we plan to add the remaining 8 charters in due course.” This article has a good overview of what Anglo-Saxon charters are if you aren’t familiar.
Ordnance Survey: Tens of thousands of unseen post-war images of Manchester unveiled online for first time. “New historical photo mapping web app Timepix… was launched in Manchester this week, giving the public the chance to explore how their streets looked in yesteryear.” The project is limited to Manchester for now will extend to other UK cities in the future.
Bucknell University: Bucknell To Help Bring Pre-Shakespearean London To Life With New Grant. “According to Diane Jakacki, digital scholarship coordinator and faculty teaching associate in comparative humanities, the funding will enable the project to compile and publish thousands of performance-related archival materials that span 500 years of London history. Jakacki, who serves as the project’s principal investigator, said the materials include playscripts, legal and religious records, and personal and diplomatic correspondence.”