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Providing researchers with new resources
“The bringing together of two medieval collections of excellence, through this ambitious digitisation project sponsored by the Polonsky Foundation, is the expression of a determination shared by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library to put priceless treasures within everyone’s reach, thanks to our scientific and technological expertise. It is a common heritage that we are communicating together.”
Laurence Engel, President of the BnF
As a result of the cooperation between the BnF and the British Library, this website is the expression of two institutions’ shared willingness to put priceless treasures – bearing witness to a common heritage intertwined with a shared history – within everybody’s reach, the general public and researchers alike, by making use of the most advanced technologies.
In this regard, the programme has enjoyed the sponsorship of the Polonsky Foundation.
This is the first time the two institutions cooperated on their collections of manuscripts, of which 800, dating from the 8th to the 13th century, were selected for their historical, literary and artistic interest and their ability to illustrate the history of Franco English relations in the High Middle Ages.
The scientific aspect goes hand in hand with a technological challenge posed by integrating g a viewer applying the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) protocol, enabling interoperability of digital content on a dedicated site, Gallica Marque blanche as well as aggregating all selected documents to be found from Gallica and Digitised Manuscripts, one of the digital collections of the British Library.
The site includes such priceless, sumptuously illuminated items as the Winchester Benedictional, circa 1000 AD, the Chartres Bible, circa 1140, the Great Canterbury Anglo Catalan Psalter, produced circa 1200, and the Saint Denis Missal, an 11th century manuscript that was bound in two composite bejewelled covers at the Abbey of Saint Denis (9th-15th centuries).
Finally, the work entitled Medieval Illumination: Manuscript Art in England and France by Charlotte Denoël and Kathleen Doyle, published by the British Library (in English) and the BnF (in French) and containing a selection of illuminated manuscripts, makes a perfect complement to this outstanding promotional initiative.
The DIGITENS (DIGITal ENcyclopaedia of European Sociability) project brings together historians, literary scholars, philosophers, linguists and computer scientists in order to develop research on British sociability in the Age of Enlightenment. It has resulted in open access publication of the Digital Encyclopaedia of British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century, a first of its kind that makes academic research on the subject accessible to a wider public.
Collaborative and interdisciplinary, the Digital Encyclopaedia contains over a hundred entries, enriched by illustrations, hypertext links, reading suggestions and notes, along with a historical anthology. It examines the circulation of models of sociability in Europe and the colonial empires, enabling better understanding of the interactions, tensions, limitations and paradoxes characteristic of European models of sociability, with a focus on how such emerged and were shaped throughout the 18th century.
The Encyclopaedia is the fruit of collaboration between partners from France, Poland, the United Kingdom and Canada, and exchanges of researchers between the following partner institutions, including the BnF:
- Université de Bretagne occidentale laboratoire HCTI (Héritages et Constructions dans le Texte et l’Image) - pilote
- Université Paris 13
- Sorbonne Université
- Musée Cognacq-Jay
- Warwick University
- The National Archives
- Kazimierz Wielki University
- Universität Greifswald
- McGill University
- Université du Québec à Montréal
- Università degli Studi “Gabriele d’Annunzio”
Digitens is a European RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation (Grant Agreement no. 823863).