Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The website has been designed primarily as a job-aid for museum professionals who are finding in their jobs that they need to know a bit about everything. The aim of the resource is to provide the means to interpret and improve their identification of social history objects. Don't let this curatorial slant put you off however, as the search criteria are broad enough to allow searches by theme, product or period in history. The interesting results return books, websites and details of museum collections. Add your own suggestions for resources to the site and comment on the ones you've used. The editor's choices are particularly good.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Smith made all of his recordings on cassette tape and the library have kept any modifications to a minimum to allow the distortion and dropouts in the audio to be preserved. With 50 years of the cassette past, this resource is interesting not only for its content but for its retro format and the endeavoring of the Library of Congress to preserve the original, tinny sound quality.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 1:51 pm
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
The Courtauld Institute of Art recently reported that their Gothic Ivories Project founded in 2008 is thriving with over 2,800 objects from a variety of sources now searchable online. Thanks to funding from charitable arts foundations, new research is being done into the field which will advantage those interested in the study of European, medieval and neo-Gothic art.
The online collection of Gothic ivory sculptures has more than tripled in size since the website was launched in 2010 and is expected to expand yet further. Each object has been meticulously catalogued to provide a description, size dimensions and information about its provenance making it possible to learn more about the tradition of the art-form whilst browsing for inspiration. Add your images to an online folder and compare the results across cultures and time periods.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Fashion and textile designers can browse a colourful selection of bourgeoisie, period dress at the Pinterest site 'Costume Inspiration.' The social, photo-sharing site allows you to browse the pinboard for inspiration,'re-pin' images to your own collection, or 'like' photographs. The array of costume on show reveals fashions trends and social traditions from the late eighteenth century through to the turn of the twentieth century. Photographs, drawings and magazine cuttings decorate the site which not only shows the corseted, heavy-skirted fashions of the day, but also has an interesting collection of accessories. Aristocratic Russian and Japanese fashions features prominently as does British dress from the 1800s.