During the Great War, in the night of 25-26 August 1914, soldiers set the fourteenth-century University Hall and its eighteenth-century library wing of the University of Leuven (Belgium) ablaze. To commemorate the hundredth Anniversary of the Library’s destruction, the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) organized a three day international conference on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library? with the support of the Goethe-Institut Brüssel and the British Council, Brussels. Continue reading
Ex-libris of Archibald Corble Harrison in KU Leuven, BTAB, R4A1
Shortly after the 1940 burning of the Leuven University Library, the fencer and bibliophile Archibald Corble Harrison (1883-1944) donated his extensive collection of books on fencing to the University. The books and manuscripts of this collection, held by the KU Leuven Special Collections, are now the subject of a large-scale digitisation project.
The project is vast: with c. 1.900 items dating from as early as the 15th century to the 20th century, the Corble collection is one of the largest collections on swordmanship and related fields in the world. Continue reading
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The latest issue of FARO, Tijdschrift over Cultureel Erfgoed, is out!
The magazine features an article in which we discuss a few examples of the added value digitisation brings to documentary and other cultural heritage objects. Continue reading
The Imaging Lab recently completed the digitisation of 301 manuscripts with lecture notes of the ancient University of Louvain. Digitisation took place as part of the Magister Dixit project, for Lectio, and with support of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund. Lecture notes have naturally been scattered all over Europe but both KU Leuven and the UCL built up extensive collections after the destruction of the library during World War II in which 68 manuscripts were lost. The recently gathered collection is now virtually reunited. Continue reading
DISH2015, the conference about digital strategies for heritage, was all about empowering heritage institutions and their digital wares. What added value can digitisation bring to the physical objects? What value does it bring to society? And how do we create this value? Continue reading
Looking into outsourcing possibilities for the digitization of microfilms, we stumbled upon our predecessor: the ‘Photographische Dienst’ or ‘Service Photographique’ Continue reading