Monday, January 22, 2007

Antique Corset Gallery


Take a guided tour through the last 250 years of corsetry and undersupports. The Antique Corset Gallery allows you to view in detail those rare and unique corsets from pre-Victorian to World War One.
The Antique Corset Gallery timeline arranges the last two and a half centuries of corsetry into logical stages. Each stage invites you to examine the shape, fabric, colour and construction of that era.
Access: Free

Friday, January 19, 2007

Single Shot


Single Shot is a series of film and video works by artists, all shot in a single take.
The website provides the opportunity to view the works online, to access information on the films and their artists, or to download the films for mobile or video iPod.
Access: Free

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Roger Fenton: Letters From the Crimea


This website provides transcripts of letters which were sent by English photographer Roger Fenton (1819-1869) to his family and friends, during his "Photographic Trip to the Crimea" in 1855.
The website is a collaborative project initiated by De Montfort University, using two surviving letter books in the collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. This is the first occasion that all twenty-five letters have been published in full.
The website also provides information about the context in which the letters were written and links to other websites about Roger Fenton, the Crimean War and the photography of the period.
Access: Free

REBIUN


REBIUN is the online portal to the catalogues of over 60 Spanish research and university libraries. It permits simple and advanced searching across the catalogues of all participating institutions simultaneously, or searches may be confined to individual institutions. An English interface is available.
Users may also search specifically within periodical collections, or include PORBASE, the portal to Portuguese university library catalogues and COPAC, for British institutions, within their search.
Link: http://rebiun.crue.org/
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

John Moores 24: Podcasts


The Walker Art Gallery has just launched a new suite of podcasts on the John Moores 24 painting competition, including an interview with winner Martin Greenland.
Link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/johnmoores/24/audio.asp
Access: Free

Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration


A pilot Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration has been launched, with the full version due to go live in January 2007.
DMVI contains records and images of 868 literary illustrations that were published in or around 1862, providing bibliographical and iconographical details, as well as the ability for users to view high quality images.
Access: Free

Friday, January 12, 2007

National Museums Scotland Library Catalogue


The library catalogue of the National Museums of Scotland is now available online. The library is the major large-scale museum library in Scotland and uniquely reflects the history, object collections, research, and activities of the National Museums Scotland. Founded orginally in 1781 by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, it is a modern research collection, providing a service which supports the work of our staff.
Most of the collection is based at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Main specialisms include various aspects of Scottish history and culture, archaeology, and world-wide decorative arts.
The Library collections are available to the general public for reference only.
Link: http://www.nms.ac.uk/library.aspx
Access: Free

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Virtual Catalogue of Art History


Two new catalogues have recently been added to VKK, the Virtual Catalogue of Art History: the National Art Library in London, and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
The VKK is a union catalogue that allows you to search across the collections of 22 art history research libraries. It currently contains some 5.7 million records, including books, journal articles, conference proceedings, and exhibition catalogues.
Link: http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/kvk/vkk/vk_kunst_engl.html
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

SCRAN: New Features


SCRAN has just launched new and improved features to its Share and Slide function. SCRAN provides high-quality images for education use.
Link: http://www.scran.ac.uk/news/news.php?id=361
Access: Athens

Arts Council Collection Online


The Arts Council Collection of 7,500 works by more than 2,000 British artists has now been placed online.
The collection includes works by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Chris Ofili and Gillian Wearing. Administered by the Hayward Gallery in London since 1987, its main purpose is lend art to museums in the UK. The online collection is browsable by artist name.
Link: http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk
Access: Free

MICHAEL: Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe


Explore the European digital cultural heritage through the newly-launched multilingual MICHAEL service.
You can find and explore digital collections from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions from across France, Italy and the United Kingdom, including a large number in the visual arts. Browse by subject, location, audience or period.
Link: http://www.michael-culture.org/en/home
Access: Free

Archives Hub: Latest Additions


The Archives Hub has now added additional descriptions from UCE Birmingham Institute of Art and Design Archives, including the papers of Frank E. Dodman, art teacher (fl. 1939-1988), and records of Birmingham's Craftsman's Club.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/inst/biad.shtml
Access: Free

National Library of Australia: Ephemera Files


The National Library of Australia has added details of its ephemera files on artists, designers and photographers to its online catalogue.
Link: http://www.nla.gov.au/catalogue
Access: Free