Imaging & Archiving News is a monthly round up of the most interesting and informative articles we have come across in the last month plus a few of our own of course...
The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick
The visual of the witch on a broomstick is so ubiquitous as to be benign. Before the Wicked Witch of the West or Harry Potter took flight on the spindly cleaning tool, the image first appeared in the 15th century.
How is Germany protecting its cultural heritage from war and natural disasters? – Microfilm, of course!
The entire complex is buried under 400 meters of rock and is intended to survive a nuclear war. It is estimated that its contents should survive for at least 500 years without any serious damage, neither war, natural disaster nor water, dust or fluctuation in temperature can harm or damage the cultural assets.
The Toolkit mirrors our main areas of work; there is a section devoted to community engagement and digitization events, a section dedicated to working with small cultural heritage institutions to digitize archival collections and a section on equipment – the link that united our project together to enable us to undertake different forms of digitization work but with the same mobile digitization workstations.
Newly digitised archive sheds light on 19th-century astronomical phenomenon
This month sees the launch of a new collection on the Cambridge Digital Library, drawing on Cambridge University Library archives and the private collection of Dr Charlotte Tupman to give a vivid account of the British expeditions of 1874 to observe the rare astronomical phenomenon of the transit of Venus.