Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two "medieval" stories from American Libraries Direct

Vatican Library digitizes its archives
The Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world
s most important research libraries, is hoping by 2018 to digitally archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts. The library announced March 20 that it will work with the Japanese NTT Data Corporation on the project. While the library has already begun to digitize some 6,000 manuscripts, the collaboration will employ special measures to improve long-term storage and safekeeping....
The Telegraph (UK), Mar. 20

Historiated initials
Jenny Weston writes:
Medieval initials come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with different kinds of decoration. While some feature twisty vines, flowers, and other abstract designs, others present more detailed and distinctive figures and scenes. Known as historiated initials, these portray figures or scenes that are clearly identifiablethey tell a story. The letter H (on the right), for example, depicts Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from heaven....
Medieval Fragments, Mar. 21

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Printing Historical Society - Grants for 2014

The Printing Historical Society is pleased to continue its programme of grants in 2014, for work including:
Research on topics relating to the history of printing
Publishable reports on archives relating to the history of printing
Grants are limited to supporting historical research in printing technology, the printing and related industries, printed materials and artefacts, type and typefounding, print culture, and printing processes and design. Applications for research funding may be for up to £1,000; applications for publishable reports on archives, up to £500. In both cases grants may be used to cover material or other expenses, including travel, accommodation, photography, etc. 
Applications should specify the amount requested and offer a budget for the use of the funds envisaged; applications for projects that are deemed to be primarily bibliographical, or for conference funding, are unlikely to be successful. Students, academics and independent researchers may apply; some preference will be given to independent researchers. 
All applicants are strongly encouraged to consider submitting the outcome of their research for publication in the Journal of the Printing Historical Society.
The application should preferably be made by email and should consist of:
1.       a covering letter of up to 500 words, containing a brief curriculum vitae and the name, address and e-mail address of one referee (who has already agreed to serve as referee), and
2.       a description of the project and budget, of up to 1,000 words.
The project description should state its purpose clearly, and succinctly. Please also state whether your project is part of a larger one, and whether you are applying elsewhere for funding. 
You will be expected to submit a written report one year after the award of your grant. 
Submit your application to the Chairman of the PHS Grants and Prizes Sub-Committee, Giles Mandelbrote, at
Application deadline: 1 April 2014. Awards will be announced at the PHS AGM on 16 May 2014, for disbursal the following month.