Reframing the Past

Janice Bell and John Ridgway have been leading a project called ‘Reframing the past’ which involves working with a student who is looking at how to raise the profile of the rare books collection at Gosta Green library and the potential monetising of images.

Alhambra Vol 1 121Alhambra Vol 1 121

One of the ways of raising the profile is looking at digitising some images. UCEEL have already done a lot of work in digitising items from the rare books collection. The have digitised the Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra: from drawings taken on the spot by the late M. Jules Goury and in 1834 and 1837 by Owen Jones’ and have also digitised The Works of James Gilray and The Herbal or General History of Plants.

There are some wonderful images in these rare books and also fascinating content which will be of use to researchers, students, staff etc.

One of the outcomes of the project is to look at creating a flickr set of some of the images to help showcase the treasures that are available. A source of inspiration is the Glasgow School of Art Archives & Library’s photostream on flickr. I think some images of our rare books would be a good addition to our flickr account.

Works of James GilrayWorks of James Gilray

Do let us know you have any ideas of other photos we could add to the Birmingham City Univeristy, Library & Learning Resources flickr account.

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