There are still a few places remaining for the IDP Conservation and Digitisation Open Day on 12 March. Places are free but restricted owing to space and so please book your place through the British Library’s What’s On page.
MORNING: IDP STUDIO
(meet in front hall of British Library 5 mins. before the start time)
In the morning the team from the IDP studio will take visitors through the process from selecting a scroll for photography through to its appearing on the web, including digitisation, post-production and metadata and cataloguing.
Each visit is scheduled for 45 minutes. There are visits available at:
AFTERNOON: CONSERVATION CENTRE
(meet in front hall of British Library 5 mins. before the start)
In the afternoon staff from IDP and conservation will be available to show visitors some of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the manuscript available both for digitisation and for readers.
Visitors will be shown a range of the manuscript material, from 20 m scrolls on paper to wooden documents, along with the range of conservation and storage solutions used to ensure this material is safe for handling and preserved for future generations. Visitors will also be able to look at the structure of ancient paper through a microscope and learn about some of the scientific projects that take place alongside conservation and cataloguing.
Each visit is scheduled for 30 minutes. There are visits available at:
Make sure not to miss the Diamond Sutra during your visit. The frontispiece will be newly on display from March 8th as part of an 18 month programme to show the whole text for the first time. In the John Ritblat Gallery – admission free.
For full details of IDP’s 20th anniversary events visit our programme page.