University of Cambridge DSpace

University of Cambridge DSpace

A scriptorium of commonplace books

‘Scriptorium’ is the culmination of a three-year project in the Faculty of English to digitise and preserve a type of manuscript book well known in 15th- to 18th-century Europe: the commonplace book or manuscript miscellany. And at the heart of the project, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), lies an innovative tool that will help you to read them. Read more

Treasures of the genizah

How did an Egyptian storeroom come to hold a thousand years worth of manuscript fragments and why are they one of the greatest literary treasures ever found?

The single largest and most important collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts in the world, and one of the greatest literary treasures of Cambridge University Library, was recovered from the dusty storeroom, known as a genizah, of an ancient Egyptian synagogue. The fragments, now known as the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection, are a treasure-trove of priceless Jewish manuscripts, containing examples of practically every kind of written text produced by the Jewish communities of Cairo, Jerusalem, Damascus and elsewhere over a period of more than 1000 years.

Digital Cambridge takes off

01 May 2008

Are you keen to make your research more widely visible or store and preserve your digital material?

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