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 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
Sawalo manuscript, folio 10V
Last year the Imaging Lab digitised the Sawalo manuscript (Museum Mayer van den Bergh) in close collaboration with Prof. Lieve Watteeuw (Illuminare). The book, a lesser known manuscript in the collection of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, is a twelfth-century Evangeliarium illuminated by a follower of the Master of Sawalo Continue reading
At the Imaging Lab we are currently working on our calibration workflow in order to achieve the Metamorfoze Imaging standard. Working with calibration targets is nothing new, but while scrolling through the images of the Project Apollo Archive we were surprised to find a few images of targets (black and white and color).