multimedia to explore past culture
Europe possesses a fabulous cultural heritage in its great libraries.
Their repositories are full of original documents, some centuries old, which often lie
gathering dust in back rooms. However by combining the latest technologies with human
expertise, it is possible to study them afresh and learn more about our past.
To get inside our ancestors' minds and see the world as they did, project SOURCE VIVE
takes a series of historical texts to act as a starting point for unravelling history and
culture. Europe's cultural heritage can be economically exploited by bringing it to a
general audience through multimedia technologies.
National libraries in Britain and France have made documents available. An example is
Villard de Honnecourt's sketch book, a rich source for Gothic architecture. Interactivity
allows the user to experiment with different ways of cutting stone and share the
experience of that era's builders. Further multimedia applications look at Middle Ages
heraldry, plants and gardens in Renaissance Europe and cartography in the Age of
Exploration. The platform under development, in English and French, calls on the latest
multimedia technologies for animation sequences and links to a dedicated World Wide Web
The SOURCE VIVE stand demonstrates ways of accessing and understanding European
cultural heritage by delving into original sources. Using multimedia technology, visitors
can explore previously inaccessible historical documents originating from the vaults of
the two biggest libraries in the UK and France. A historian and scholar will be on hand to
share their insights into the selected document. On display is the first compact disc
title in a forthcoming series.