Cardiff University and the Illustration Archive
Charlotte Boman of Cardiff University is keen to develop links between Cardiff University and U3A local groups. Specifically, she is very keen to engage U3A members in The Illustration Archive, in the hope that this might provide a productive, exciting and accessible resource. An important ambition behind the project is to provide a platform for exploring and expanding knowledge of local communities and environments, which seems to fit especially well with the U3A educational programme.
Charlotte would be delighted to visit U3A members to introduce the archive and possibly set up a workshop, or give a talk demonstrating how the Archive can open up new opportunities for research into specific regional localities. The Archive contains a rich material relating to different regions in Scotland. For example, there is a wealth of sources relating to Glasgow that she thinks would interest members there. She is also keen to explore if groups and individuals would be interested in contributing their specialist knowledge of local places and people, thereby helping other users locate specific images.
The Illustration Archive is a web-based archive that contains around a million illustrations taken from historical books (which are also fully digitised). The illustrations and texts cover a wide range of topics, including literature, the arts, geography, philosophy, anthropology and science. Most importantly, it provides access to illustrated books in a way that was not previously possible.
For more information, please see http://illustrationarchive.cf.ac.uk/