Archive for the ‘Libraries’ Category

Tart Card Competition

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


‘Tart cards’ are the means by which London prostitutes advertise their services. Type Magazine and Wallpaper invite you to have some graphic fun and support the St. Bride Library in the process by designing your very own tart card and submitting it in a juried competition. Deadline is April 30. Read more here (c’mon, you know you wanna!).

—Paul Razzell

17th century English recipe books

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

News from London’s Wellcome Library:

The Wellcome Library’s first venture into full-text digitization is underway with the 74 17th-century and earlier manuscripts from their collection of receipt (recipe)  books. These contain household medicinal and culinary recipes, usually written by women. The project will not only digitize the manuscripts cover to cover, but create a rich index to level of individual recipes. These images are freely available via the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue in early 2009.


Above: Grace Acton’s recipe collection. 1621

“The pages of recipe books often contain a disconcerting mix of culinary and medical recipes. Here a flamboyant recipe for roasting a peacock and serving it up in its skin, feathers and all, is followed by an unappetizing cure for bed-wetting involving mouse boiled in urine.” Wellcome Library ref. MS.1, f.2r

—Paul Razzell

UNESCO to launch the World Digital Library on April 21

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

UNESCO and 32 partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world, at UNESCO Headquarters on 21 April.

The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs. It will provide unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material. Read more.