Illustrated London News Online – Trial Service


The Library has set up a trial for the Illustrated London News, the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper. Access the full facsimile run of the newspaper from 1842 – 2003, in full text and full colour.

  • Approximately 260,000 full-text pages
  • More than 7,000 issues
  • More than 1.5 million images
  • Covers 162 years (1842–2003)
  • 60,000 Print Edition Circulation in 1842, 300,000 at its peak in 1860s

Covering over 260,000 pages, you can access the Illustrated London News on-campus only until November 1st 2013. The user-friendly home page features an intuitive interface, interactive timeline and multiple search options. Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.

Material ConneXion Library – Trial Database

We are trialling the Material ConneXion Library, the world’s largest resource of new materials. This online resource houses over 7,000 advanced, sustainable and innovative materials representing eight categories: polymers, naturals, metals, glass, ceramics, carbon-based materials, cement-based materials, and processes.  It features cutting-edge materials and applications, including the world’s only collection of Cradle to Cradle sustainable materials.  Material ConneXion researches materials for all design disciplines: aerospace design; architecture; art;  fashion design; graphic design; industrial design; interior design; landscape architecture; package design; product design and textiles. The trial is available on Belfast and Jordanstown campuses only, and it is available until 2 November, 2012. We very much welcome feedback on this resource.

Corpus Vitrearum Medi Aevi (Medieval Stained Glass)

The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi  (CVMA).  There is the international research project dedicated to recording medieval stained glass in Great Britain.  There is free access to a picture archive of over 23,000 images most of which are in colour. There is a section on the conservation and restoration of stained glass and links to other conservation websites. There is a free online magazine called Vidimus.  described as the only online magazine dedicated to medieval stained glass.  The archive goes back to 2006.  There is also an archive spanning three decades of CVMA newsletters and abstracts

The Paul Mellon Centre’s archive catalogue goes online

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has launched its archive catalogue online – – revealing to a wider audience the research material compiled by some of the most significant art historians of the twentieth century.  Highlights include the papers of W.G. Constable (1887-1976) first director of the Courtauld Institute and museum director; and Sir Brinsley Ford (1908-1999) collector, art connoissuer and editor of the Burlington Magazine.  The catalogue launch is an important stage of an ongoing project to make the collections more widely available.

Your Paintings

“Art lovers will now be able to see a host of oil paintings, normally only on display at museums, on a BBC website.  Your Paintings is a project to create a complete online catalogue of every oil painting in the national collection and 1,600 from National Museums Northern Ireland have now been added…The BBC is working with the Public Catalogue Foundation to create the collection which provides a unique insight into the history and artistic heritage of Northern Ireland”.  BBC News Northern Ireland 26 March 2012

Vogue Magazine Archive Trial

The University of Ulster Library is trialling the Vogue Archive.

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names.

The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

The trial is available until the 10 March 2012.

New online collection tells story of British women’s struggle for the vote

A unique collection relating to British women’s fight for the vote 100 years ago has been revealed online through the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

The digitised material represents a selection of the vast collections housed at the Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University, and includes posters, photographs, postcards, badges, and other memorabilia relating to the British suffrage movement.
Particularly remarkable and moving items from the online collection include a photograph of a crowd attacking suffragettes, and the purse that was held by Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in 1913, when she stepped in front of the horse of King George V, which resulted in her death four days later.

More information available onVADS blog. (Sign up on RSS feed for regular alerts.)

Oxford Art Online

The March 2011 update of Oxford Art Online includes several batches of articles from the newly available Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. There are articles on the native American artists Adee Dodge, Frank La Pena, Joseph Lonewolf, Grace Medicine Flower, Mabel McKay, Fred Peshlakai, Camilio Sunflower Tafoya ; there are 14 new entries on American architects and architectural firms.  The update also brings you 81 updated and revised entries from the Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Royal College of Art Launches Major New Online Resource

The Royal College of Art has launched two major new online resources of digitised images.  Both collections will make significant works of art freely available to the public for the first time.  The Record of Student Work is a rare collection of over 30,000 slides of early student work by British artists such as David Hockney  and Tracey Emin.  In addition, over a thousand works from the Royal College of Art Collection have also been digitised.  
The collections have been made available through a new digitisation project accessible through the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).  Neil Parkinson, Special Collections Manager, stated: “The College believes in making the images available as widely as possible on a non-commercial basis for the purposes of learning, teaching and research”.  JISC Digital Media,  contribute to the VADS project, and can provide advice and support on using these new resources to support learning.