British Library

British Library

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About the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and gives access to the world's most comprehensive research collection. The collection of over 170 million items includes artifacts from every age of written civilization.

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In order to make the collection of Hebrew manuscripts available digitally, the British Library received a major grant from The Polonsky Foundation to support the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP).The project digitized 1,300 manuscripts, capturing approximately 435,000 digitised images. These were mainly manuscripts catalogued by George Margoliouth at the end of the 19th century. In addition, several Torah scrolls had textile covers (mantles), made of silk brocade and linen. These underwent conservation treatment by a textile conservator and have been digitized as well. The digitized images are available as 300ppi JPEG files.

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