Last Update of the Year

This year has been a fantastic time for the project, we have now fully got off the ground, had plenty of press coverage for the many wonderful digitisation projects we have carried out. We would like to thank everyone we have worked with, for making the project so successful in its first year.

Next year there are several exciting digitisation projects on the horizon.  Firstly, JRUL Imaging Services will be digitising the famous Mappemonde, a huge French map created in 1546.  The map, measuring 2.6 meters long, has been photographed in the past, using 5×4 equipment.  The Phase One P65+ however, along with new techniques, will allow us to capture much more detail than the original transparencies.

French MS 1 Mappemonde

The second exciting project is the ‘Gateway to the Koran of Kansuh al-Ghuri’ project.  Generously funded by TIMA, one of the largest volumes in our collection, Arabic MS 42, a 16th century Koran, will be digitised.  The manuscript measures a whopping 84cm by 54cm.  Once described by Alphonse Mingana as “possibly the biggest Koran in the world”, all 470 leaves are highly decorated with gold leaf.  The manuscript will require us to build a special foam ‘cradle’ to support it throughout the process.  The first leaf has been digitised (with great difficulty by myself) and is beautifully illuminated. It also requires special moving and handling due to its size, and it has to be covered and held end up, as it will not fit in any of the buildings lifts laying flat!

The title page of the giant Koran

Obviously we will be blogging our progress on both digitisation projects, so watch this space.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas, and all the best in the New Year. I’m sure we will be working with some of you very soon!

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