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London Metropolitan Archives has been working with partners at UCL on a ground-breaking project to conserve, digitally reconstruct, transcribe and publish the 17th century Great Parchment Book of the Honourable the Irish Society. You find out more about the project on the Great Parchment Book website at http://www.greatparchmentbook.org/.
LMA is holding a Great Parchment Book Day at LMA on Friday 25 July 2014. The morning will focus on the Great Parchment Book story; the afternoon will look to the future and explore accessing historical documents through innovative technologies.
10.00am Registration, coffee and housekeeping
10.15am Welcome (Deputy Catherine McGuinness)
10.20am Introduction to LMA, collections overview, where the Great Parchment Book sits within those collections, why it became the focus for the project, why it mattered (Philippa Smith)
11.15pm Accessing History through Innovative Technologies:
The Great Parchment Book Project Story
Conservation (Dr Caroline De Stefani)
Transcription/textual encoding (Dr Patricia Stewart)
Digital flattening (Kazim Pal)
AFTERNOON: EXPLORING NEW TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN CREATING ACCESS TO HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
14.00pm Welcome and introduction – impact, outcomes and wider context (Dr Tim Weyrich)
14.30pm Display of damaged original materials including Great Parchment Book and LMA Rogues Gallery; demonstration of digital flattening software; opportunity to discuss further possible applications of flattening software and other techniques being researched on LMA material; demonstration of textual encoding (Dr Caroline De Stefani, Marie Poirot, Dr Tim Weyrich, Kazim Pal, Dr Helen Graham-Matheson, Dr Patricia Stewart)
15.30pm HISTORY FUTURES PANEL (Professor Melissa Terras - Chair, Dr Tim Weyrich, Emma Stewart, David Howell)
How new technologies can and may impact on challenging materials, access and availability, preservation issues - how can we take projects forward? HLF partner bid proposal, Q&A and expressions of interest
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London Metropolitan Archives
London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London. This site offers an insight into the archives, with practical advice on how to research and use them, both at LMA and online.
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LMA is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.