Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Book Arts Tuesday-Traveling Scriptorium
If you're a student at Yale, you might be lucky and have a professor who brings Yale's Traveling Scriptorium to your class. Here's how it is described on the website:
The Traveling Scriptorium is a teaching kit, created by Yale University conservators and curators, to support the study of the medieval and early modern book as material artifact.
The kit contains samples of the materials and components of early and early modern books, to be used in hands-on exercises by Yale students, faculty, and staff. The Traveling Scriptorium travels to classrooms across the Yale campus, and can be reserved through the Yale University Library Special Collections Conservation department.
The kit contains lesson plans and interpretative materials of the contents, for self-guided class sessions, and can also be accompanied by a conservator or curator for demonstrations.
The Traveling Scriptorium represents a collaboration between the Beinecke Library and the Yale University Library Special Collections Conservation department, and was funded with a start-up grant from the Yale Library Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA).
While it is of course not the same as experiencing the actual materials, the website has virtual offerings: pdfs of historical binding styles, ink and pigment samplers and recipes, and binding models.
I found lots of explore in the Paleographic Resources links. I especially liked English Handwriting 1500-1700: an Online Course from COPIA (Ceres Online Publications Interactive) which aims to explore how electronic media and the Internet in particular may offer new ways of sharing and even conducting Renaissance research.
As always, I applaud those who make their information and materials available to a broader audience via the web.