Illuminated Manuscripts: Digitization and Study Projects

ARMA (the Art of Reading in the Middle Ages). The project aims to show how medieval reading culture evolved and became a fundamental aspect of European culture. The project will deliver 20,000 items created between the years c. 500 and c. 1550 to Europeana, among which medieval manuscripts, early printed books and other objects.

Biblissima, online digital library which provides access to manuscripts and early printed books from the 8th to 18th centuries (digitisations of early documents, documentary databases, editions, as well as tools to understand these documents and to produce new data).

Biblia Glossata, a corpus of several tens of thousands of sentences or short explanations, arranged in the margins and under the lines of the text of the Bible.

DIAMM (the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music) is a leading resource for the study of medieval manuscripts. They present images and metadata for thousands of manuscripts on this website and also provide a home for scholarly resources and editions, undertake digital restoration of damaged manuscripts and documents, publish high-quality facsimiles, and offer their expertise as consultants.

DIGITAL MAPPA, an open-source digital humanities platform for open-access workspaces, projects and publications.

Digital Scriptorium is a growing consortium of American libraries and museums committed to free online access to their collections of pre-modern manuscripts.

Electronic Beowulf Project of the University of Kentucky with collaboration of the British Library.

Evellum Medieval Manuscripts in the modern world. Evellum is an established leading producer of digital facsimiles, editions and pedagogical tools. University of Melbourne.

FAMA compiles information on the number of surviving witnesses of the most widely read medieval texts in Latin. These data are arranged according to genre, date of composition, and number of copies of each work, as well as by country of origin, date of copy, and former provenances of manuscripts. FAMA provides a point of reference for current studies allowing a global approach to cultural phenomena.

Littera Visigothica, a very complete website by Dr. Ainoa Castro Correa. In this site, you can explore Visigothic script from a multidisciplinary point of view.

Malory's Morte Darthur Project One of the most important literary works written in Middle English prose. It exists in two considerably different primary versions, the Winchester manuscript (British Library, Add. MS 59678), and two extant copies of William Caxton's printed edition (1485): a complete copy in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, and a copy lacking eleven leaves, in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. This project will for the first time provide users with high quality colour images of Winchester. The images were captured by a team of experts in digitization from the HUMI Project. The project also aims at creating an expandable associative environment, with facsimiles and texts of Malory's Morte Darthur interlinked, enabling the user to view them alongside one another.

Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands is a three-year collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. Funded by The Polonsky Foundation, the project seeks to open up the medieval German manuscript collections of two world-class libraries for research and reuse. The two libraries will digitize nearly 600 medieval manuscripts of Germanic origin between 2019 and 2021.

Mmmonk Project. Mmmonk stands for Medieval Monastic Manuscripts – Open Network Knowledge. It is a collaborative project of the Bruges Public Library, the Ghent University Library, the Ten Duinen Major Seminary in Bruges and the Diocese of Ghent. The project is subsidized by the Flemish Government (Department of Culture, Youth and Media). The project aims to provide digital access to the approximately 820 still preserved medieval manuscripts of the abbeys of Ten Duinen, Ter Doest, Sint-Pieters and Sint-Baafs. The images and metadata of the manuscripts are brought together using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). The platform unlocks the manuscripts according to the IIIF standards, provides educational content, stimulates innovative research on the monastic manuscripts, and contributes to the further development and implementation of IIIF for special library collections.

Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project A collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

PPEA. Piers Plowman Electronic Archive is a collaborative open-access project, presents the rich textual tradition of Piers Plowman, a fourteenth-century allegorical dream vision attributed to William Langland. Three distinct versions of the poem (A, B, and C) survive in more than 50 unique manuscripts, none in Langland's own hand. The Archive enables instructors, students, and researchers to explore late medieval literary and manuscript culture through the many variations of Piers Plowman. The long-term goal of the project is the creation of a complete archive of the medieval and early modern textual tradition of Langland's poem.

Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online started life as a three-year (2006-2009) AHRC-funded Resource Enhancement Project, based in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. The project team created a digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from the period c. 1450-1720. These were drawn from the collections of ten partner institutions: college libraries in Cambridge (Emmanuel, King's, Queens, St John's, Trinity), the Cambridge University Library, the Brotherton Library in Leeds, and the archives of Holkham Hall, Belton House, and Lambeth Palace.

The Online Froissart brings a holistic, dynamic approach to the manuscripts of Jean Froissart’s Chroniques. It establishes a robust and sustainable platform for the delivery of electronic transcriptions of the Chroniques, of annotation and other secondary materials pertaining to those transcriptions, and of digital reproductions of several of the original manuscripts in high-resolution format. Users of the Online Froissart can query textual data interactively, collate text across several witnesses, or use a special viewing mode allowing them to look up the definition of a word used by the chronicler in the online Dictionnaire du Moyen Français. These and other features offer users of the Online Froissart a range of non-textual (palaeographical, codicological, art-historical and lexicographical) information.