TitleThe Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200 - A Round Table Discussion
Date/TimeTuesday 3 July 2018: 19.00-20.00
SponsorBibliothèque nationale de France / British Library / Polonsky Foundation
OrganiserFrancesco Siri, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Moderator/ChairLaura Albiero, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
AbstractThanks to the patronage of The Polonsky Foundation, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library started an unedited partnership aiming at cataloguing, digitising, and showcasing a corpus of 800 illuminated manuscripts, produced in France or England between the 8th and 12th centuries. The two libraries are working to give access to a large public to this corpus, digitising 400 manuscripts from each library collection, cataloguing them, and partially restoring them. The Bibliothèque nationale de France will create a new tri-lingual website in order to collect all selected manuscripts and to allow digital comparison among them. The British Library will create a bilingual website intended for a general audience that will feature highlights from the most important of these manuscripts and articles commissioned by leading experts in the field.

At Leeds IMC, we would like to introduce our project, focusing on presenting the plans, the expectations, and the targeted outputs of the project; the challenges we are meeting concerning the cataloguing and the conservation aspects; and finally, the digitisation process and publicity.

Participants include Tuija Ainonen (British Library, London), Alison Ray (British Library, London), and Francesco Siri (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris).