The image above is a copy of The history of King Henry the Fourth, after 1598′, folios 38v – 39r. Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.34. Digital Image Filename 50624.
The Humanities Research Institute (HRI) has been awarded a Collaborative Research & Development Award to undertake a new project in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials and other Renaissance books, manuscripts and works of art.
The new project, Connecting Shakespeare, will draw on the HRI’s technical expertise to create a combined search and discovery service for the library’s multiple online resources:
- The collection catalogue Hamnet which currently comprises approximately 280,000 descriptive, bibliographic records.
- The Digital Image Collection which currently comprises 50,000 objects and associated data.
- The Conservation Database which includes a wealth of conservation information currently inaccessible to the public (such as the physical condition of objects before and after conservation).
The ambition is for Connecting Shakespeare to emerge as the first point of call for research into primary sources relating to Shakespeare and the Renaissance period. As such, the project will also initiate a range of transatlantic digital research collaborations involving the Folger Library, academics from the University of Sheffield, and a range of other stakeholders.