Thursday 13 December 2018

Treasure trove: Artefacts only a click of a mouse away

History: Minister Josepha Madigan pictured with Fionnuala Croke, Director of the Chester Beatty Museum, beside a photograph of Chester Beatty at the launch of the Chester Beatty website. Photo: Gerry Mooney
History: Minister Josepha Madigan pictured with Fionnuala Croke, Director of the Chester Beatty Museum, beside a photograph of Chester Beatty at the launch of the Chester Beatty website. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

From the oldest surviving copy of the four gospels to 'Korans' from Islam's greatest calligraphers, the treasures of the Chester Beatty Library are now just the click of a mouse away.

The Dublin library is hoping to reach tourists, scholars and students around the world after launching its new searchable database of high-resolution images.

Already 2,000 objects from the library's 20,000-piece collection are online, with more being added each day.

Fionnuala Croke, the library's director, said: "Whether you're a school child in Ireland or a scholar in Japan you will now be able to engage with the collections and the only requirement is to have an internet connection."

Irish Independent

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