May 16, 2022

Digitization Projects: Wellcome Library Begins Digitizing Their Collection of Pre-1500 Western Europe Medieval Manuscripts

From the Wellcome Library Blog:

This month the Wellcome Library will begin digitising its entire collection of pre-1500 Western European manuscripts. The digitised manuscripts, about 300 items in total, will be freely accessible through the Library catalogue and will become available steadily through the course of the project.

Our Western manuscripts are known to medievalists across the world, and cover a wide range of subjects, from learned medicine and surgery to magic, alchemy, botany, astrology and more. They also reflect a range of manuscript formats, from conventional bound codices to folding almanacs and scrolls. Texts are written in Latin, Greek, English, German, French, Dutch and several other languages, and many manuscripts are illustrated with drawings, diagrams, illuminated initials or even marginal grotesques.


Many of the Library’s medieval manuscripts were purchased during Sir Henry Wellcome’s lifetime, and we are delighted to be producing a digital collection that represents some of the formative holdings of the Library alongside subsequent acquisitions. We have a world-class collection of manuscripts relating to medicine, science and many other aspects of medieval culture, and we intend through digitisation to share it as widely as possible.

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