Category Archives: resource

Europa Inventa Database: Early European Objects in Australasian Collections

Australasian libraries, galleries and museums hold many thousands of unique and irreplaceable European manuscripts, art works and historic objects dating from the eleventh to the eighteenth centuries. They are of great value to researchers – both in Australasia and in Europe – not just for their contents but for what they reveal about the persistence of the Early European heritage in Australasia. Collectively and individually, they are unique national treasures of Australia and New Zealand.

Europa Inventa (“Europe Discovered”) is the first systematic description of these Early European materials. The Europa Inventa database currently contains information about 1,700 artworks and 300 medieval manuscripts held in the major Australian libraries, galleries and museums. It is one of the digital services developed for the ARC Research Network for Early European Research (NEER).

For more information and to access the Europa Inventa database, please visit:

HuNI – Now Online

A new platform for humanities and creative arts research, HuNI (pronounced honey) has recently launched.

Located at HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) is the result of a massive three-year, multi-million dollar collective effort led by Deakin Uni in which a consortium of thirteen Australian universities and cultural organisations worked collaboratively with eResearch agencies to design a new digital door to Australian cultural information.

The HuNI platform collects and provides access to digitised information from over 30 significant cultural collections (e.g. AustLit, AusStage, CAARP, Design and Art Australia online, Circus Oz, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Media History Database) which have contributed more than a million items to HuNI. But it also enables researchers to do a great deal more.

HuNI also allows people to combine, collect and connect cultural knowledge through an innovative technology application. HuNI encourages collaboration in the humanities and creative arts by allowing researchers to discover, share, and find new ways to use and re-use cultural knowledge. By encouraging creativity, imagination and a greater appreciation of our shared history, HuNI aims to transform Australia through culture.

You can see some aspects of HuNI’s contribution to online research in the humanities and creative arts in this short info-video:

Six Degrees of HuNI Competition (with prizes!)

Aware of the enormous value of HuNI as an online information and educational resource, the HuNI team is launching a competition at a nationwide level that encourages researchers to discover, share and create with Australia’s cultural heritage through HuNI.

The competition will remain open until 28 November. The HuNI jury will select up to three outstanding entries.

The competition rules and regulations can be found, together with all other relevant information on

For any further information please contact Alwyn Davidson at:

English Broadside Ballad Archive

The University of California’s English Broadside Ballad Archive is a fantastic project, with a dedicated team making broadsides available to everyone.

The project provides high-quality ballad sheet facsimiles of the ballads as well as facsimile transcriptions (which preserve the ballad’s original ornament while transcribing its unfamiliar typeface into easily readable modern print). In addition, they supply recordings of the ballads whenever a tune is extant, extensive cataloguing of the ballads, including cataloguing of their illustrations or woodcut impressions, TEI/XML and MARC records, and both basic and advanced search functions that allow readers easily to find collections or individual ballads as well as their constituent parts or makers by a variety of means. They also offer background essays on the various ballad collections included in EBBA and on ballad culture generally as well as other helpful ballad resources.

For more information, visit the English Broadside Ballad Archive website:

Shakespeare Magazine – Issues 1-4 Available For Free Online

The fourth issue of Shakespeare Magazine is now available to read online:

Highlights include Shakespeare’s London (with guest appearances from Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Shakespeare in Love), Shakespeare in the mountains of California, New York’s Shakespeare rapper and a plethora of Shakespeare Disasters.

Shakespeare Magazine is a completely free online magazine. You don’t have to ‘Follow’ or sign up – just click or swipe to start turning the pages.


Previous issues:

Twitter: @UKShakespeare

The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe

The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe project is a database of prosopographical and socio-economic data found in the more than four thousand legal documents surviving from Charlemagne’s reign. It covers material from all areas that were ever part of Charlemagne’s empire, dating from 25 September 768 to 28 January 814 AD. The emphasis is on the extraction and systematic classification of data for maximum comparability between regions. This will make the valuable information on institutions, people, places and objects contained in charters and other legal documents more easily accessible to researchers via faceted browsing, search queries and a mapping tool.

The project, which runs from 2012-2014, is being carried out at King’s College London by the Department of History and the Department of Digital Humanities and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

For more information, please visit:

Folger’s Shakespeare Library Releases 80,000 Images Into the Public Domain

Thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library, tens of thousands of high resolution images from their Digital Image Collection, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, and art, are now available online. And they’re free to use under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons license.

For more information, please visit:

DWTW: A Database of Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840

The Database of Women’s Travel Writing (DWTW) provides full and accurate bibliographical records for nearly 200 titles, all the known books of travel published in Britain and Ireland by women between 1780 and 1840.

The database is part of a larger database project, based in the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, which will include all travel books published in this period.

You can search the database by combinations of author, title, date of publication, publisher, genre, and regional content.

For more information and to visit the database:

Visualizing Chaucer Project

The Visualizing Chaucer Project seeks to capture post-medieval illustrated versions of Chaucer’s work. The project provides annotations for books containing illustrated versions of Chaucer’s writings and organises these images by character/work for easy accessibility. The intention is to make these images readily accessible, where copyright allows, for teachers, students, and scholars interested in the afterlife of Chaucer’s works.

Visualizing Chaucer was developed by Kara L. McShane and supported by the Rossell Hope Robbins Library Fellowship in the Digital Humanities.

Visualizing Chaucer is prepared and published in the Rossell Hope Robbins Library, a special medieval collection in the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library

To access the Visualizing Chaucer Project please follow this link:

Two Online Resources of Interest – ROLLCO / Digital Library of Spain

ROLLCO, is a site providing records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900.

Currently the database includes information about apprenticeship bindings and freedom admissions for seven of London’s Livery Companies, with the records of further Companies to follow.

ROLLCO is a not-for-profit project, and access is free to all.

The Digital Library of Spain is the digital library of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. It aims to give free access to thousands of digitized documents: books from the 15th to the 19th century, manuscripts, drawings, engravings, pamphlets, posters, photographs, maps, atlases, music scores, historic newspapers and magazines and audio recordings.

Today it comprises more than 134,000 works on all topics in all documentary forms, freely accessible from anywhere in the world.