Join us in this conference dedicated to the British Library’s digitised collection of Hebrew manuscripts
The British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts is one of the most significant in the world. This collection includes items manifesting Jewish cultural, religious and social lives between the 10th century and the beginning of the 20th century, covering a vast geographical space from North Africa and Europe in the west, through the Middle East to China in the east.
In order to make the collection of Hebrew manuscripts available digitally, the Library embarked on a major digitisation project to provide free online access to Hebrew manuscripts from its collection.. Funded by The Polonsky Foundation, the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project digitised 1,300 manuscripts in its first phase. These include codices (manuscripts in book format), scrolls, charters and loose leaves. A second digitisation phase, sponsored by the National Library of Israel, started in April 2016 and focuses mainly on the Library’s significant Gaster collection.
Find out more about the collection and how to access and use it, Sessions include presentations on how to access the Library’s digital collections and what opportunities it has to offer to graduate students and academics. The conference also covers external projects working with digitised Hebrew manuscripts at the National Library of Israel, as well as UK university libraries in Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester.