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Digital Pilgrim - a 3D model collection by The British Museum

Digital Pilgrim - a 3D model collection by The British Museum | Material culture | Scoop.it
A 3D model collection by The British Museum
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This University of Cambridge Department of Art History project aims to facilitate access to hundreds of lead alloy pilgrim badges, dating mostly from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, in a 3-D digital database. This will 'offer an overview of the visual language of medieval Christendom: a varied tongue spoken by the gamut of medieval socio-economic groups, perpetuated, in part, by the display of badges on hats and bags.'
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The Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible | Material culture | Scoop.it

This British Library site allows you to compare two versions of 'the first real book to be printed using the technique of printing which Gutenberg invented in the 1450s'. You can read about Gutenberg's life and the printing process too.

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Gutenberg: In the Beginning Was the Printer, Germany: Memories of a Nation - BBC Radio 4

Gutenberg: In the Beginning Was the Printer, Germany: Memories of a Nation - BBC Radio 4 | Material culture | Scoop.it
Neil MacGregor examines how Johannes Gutenberg's inventions transformed our world.
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Material Religions

Material Religions | Material culture | Scoop.it
Material Religions: Exploring the material basis of religious traditions.
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An exciting new blog, set up in 2014

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Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief

Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief | Material culture | Scoop.it

...currently offers free access to the introduction to their March 2012 special issue on 'Museums and material religion'.

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BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Heritage

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Heritage | Material culture | Scoop.it
Melvyn Bragg explores the relationship between heritage culture and the study of history.
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Artefact - Artwork at the University of Oxford Museums

Art inspired and created from objects found at the University of Oxford museums
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Pitt-Rivers (BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time)

Pitt-Rivers (BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time) | Material culture | Scoop.it

Another wonderful summary from In Our Time, with Adam Kuper (a professor of anthropology), Richard Bradley (a professor of archaeology) and Dan Hicks (lecturer and curator from the Pitt Rivers Museum).

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Treasures of Heaven: Saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe | Material culture | Scoop.it

A wonderful 'digital monograph' produced by Columbia University to accompany the British Museum's Treasures of Heaven exhibition. It contains images of selected exhibition objects with accompanying catalogue texts, plus background information on the cult of the saints, on relics and reliquaries, shrines and pilgrimage.

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The Grand Tour (BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time)

The Grand Tour (BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time) | Material culture | Scoop.it

Melvyn Bragg discusses the origins and cultural impact of 18th century tourism with Chloe Chard, Literary historian; Jeremy Black, Professor of History, University of Exeter, Edward Chaney, Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts, Southampton Institute.

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The British Library Database of Bookbindings

The British Library Database of Bookbindings | Material culture | Scoop.it

Includes a wonderful picture gallery of different bindings used for printed books in western Europe from the fifteenth century onwards.

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Yale Divinity Digital Image and Text Library

Yale Divinity Digital Image and Text Library | Material culture | Scoop.it

Yale Divinity Digital Library is a faculty-library initiative that provides digital resources for teaching and research in the history of Christianity and Biblical Studies - not all images are accessible outside of Yale because of copyright, but there is a wide selection searchable by keyword, date, title etc. Images are provided with accompanying commentary.

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Travelling relics: St Therese of Lisieux's visit to England and Wales

Travelling relics: St Therese of Lisieux's visit to England and Wales | Material culture | Scoop.it

An article from the official website of the Catholic Church for England and Wales on planning the visit of St Therese of Lisieux's relics to England and Wales in 2009. The page also contains links to photo galleries and video interviews about the month long tour.

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A History of Christianity in fifteen objects

A History of Christianity in fifteen objects | Material culture | Scoop.it
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A online exhibition which seeks to explore the "astonishing material legacy" of 2000 years of Christianity. Deddington Parish Church in the Diocese of Oxford invited fifteen lecturers to present an object of their choice "defines and illuminates a particular period of Christian life and thought".

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Seventeenth Century Print Culture (BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time)

Seventeenth Century Print Culture (BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time) | Material culture | Scoop.it

Melvyn Bragg examines the controversy and scandal of 17th century print culture with With Kevin Sharpe, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London; Ann Hughes, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Keele; Joad Raymond, Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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Episode 2, The Written World, In Our Time - BBC Radio 4

Episode 2, The Written World, In Our Time - BBC Radio 4 | Material culture | Scoop.it

Melvyn Bragg considers the impact of the invention of the book.

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Treasures of the Church

Treasures of the Church | Material culture | Scoop.it
Treasures of the Church is a ministry dedicated to evangelization, run by Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross. Father Carlos uses multi-media to give a teaching on the Church's use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching, an exposition of relics gives the faithful an opportunity to venerate some of their favorite saints.
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A very modern use of relics for missionary purposes: website has an introductory video clip.

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BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Archaeology and Imperialism

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Archaeology and Imperialism | Material culture | Scoop.it

Melvyn Bragg discusses the link between archaeology and imperialism with Tim Champion, Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton; Richard Parkinson, Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum; Eleanor Robson, Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

What was it about the ancient cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia that so gripped the 19th century imagination? How did nationalism and imperialism affect the search for the ancient past and how did archaeology evolve from its adventuresome, even reckless, origins into the science of artefacts we know today?

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De anatomische preparaten van Frederik Ruysch

De anatomische preparaten van Frederik Ruysch | Material culture | Scoop.it

'The Anatomical Preparations of Fredrik Ruysch' is an astonishing online exhibition, developed by the St Petersburg Kunstkamera museum and the University of Amsterdam.

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BBC Four - Archaeology: A Secret History

BBC Four - Archaeology: A Secret History | Material culture | Scoop.it
Dr Richard Miles seeks our ancient treasures and explores our relationship with the past.
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Analysing the English Collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Analysing the English Collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum | Material culture | Scoop.it

'The Other Within' was an ESRC funded project which ended in 2009, which analysed the collection of English objects held at the Pitt Rivers Museums. These pages include a large number of fascinating illustrated object biographies, related academic articles, plus a searchable database.

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Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Material culture | Scoop.it
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History provides an overview of the history of art as illustrated and represented in the Museum's collection.
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Podcast: David Morgan on Material Religion

Podcast: David Morgan on Material Religion | Material culture | Scoop.it

From the excellent  Religious Studies Project - an interview with one of the leading scholars of visual culture about material religion. Morgan is the author of The Sacred Gaze: Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice (University of California Press, 2005) - well worth reading.

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Europe & the Islamic Mediterranean AD 700–1600 - Victoria and Albert Museum

Europe & the Islamic Mediterranean AD 700–1600 - Victoria and Albert Museum | Material culture | Scoop.it

This article may be of particular interest to those of you who have studied AA100 - it explores Islamic influence on art and artefacts particularly in medieval Spain, Sicily and Southern Italy.

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Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Material culture | Scoop.it

Searchable database of collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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