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Digitising the Darwin Correspondance Project

Digitising the Darwin Correspondance Project

Join Mark and Maciej as they provide an inside view of the digitisation process for the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University Library. They will discuss Darwin and incorporate some of the GLAM principles used in the project.


Speaker: Maciej Pawlikowski & Mark Box

Date: Saturday 7th October

Time: 3pm

Location: The Cambridge & Autumn Photography Show, The Hilton Cambridge, Downing Street

Mark will cover project setup, equipment, workflows, conservation, and the famous “missing notebooks” containing the Tree of Life. Maciej will discuss how Cultural Heritage photography is different from other industry practices. And how they use Multispectral Imaging (MSI) and other advanced photographic techniques to learn more about items form Darwin‘s collection.

The Darwin Correspondence Project published transcripts of letters written by and to Charles Darwin. It included contextual notes and articles and was critical for understanding the development of his ideas and the lives and work of over 2,000 people mentioned in the letters.

Mark Box is Chief Photographic Technician, and Lead Photographer on the Darwin Correspondence Project, at Cambridge University Library.
Maciej Pawlikowski is the Head of the Digital Content Unit at Cambridge University Library.

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