Thursday, 29 April 2010

Anglo-Saxon treasures published online

Anglo-Saxon treasures published online
Cambridge University announced, yesterday, the online publication of a collection of over 550 Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, held at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College. The publication is the result of a collaborative four-year digitisation project between Corpus Christi College, where the documents were kept for centuries, Cambridge University Library and Stanford University in the United States. Between them, the College and University Library have digitised almost 200,000 separate pages. The manuscripts include the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the earliest history written in English believed to have been commissioned by Alfred the Great, the sixth-century St Augustine Gospels, which may have been brought from Rome by St Augustine in 597 on his first mission to convert the English, and the Corpus Glossary, one of the earliest English-language dictionaries written in the first half of the ninth century. The dictionary includes definitions of over 2,000 words in Anglo-Saxon, including ones still recognisable today, such as herring and hazel.
For further information, read the press release on the website of the University of Cambridge.

Marilyn Monroe’s secrets revealed
Lizzy Davies reports in The Guardian on the upcoming publication of previously unseen extracts from Marilyn Monroe’s diary, which she kept as a teenager and until her death in 1962, aged 36. The diary was first bequeathed to her acting teacher Lee Strasberg, who then left the diary to his wife when he died in 1982. The volume is due to be published jointly by the Editions du Seuil in France and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the United States in October.

Katyn massacre archives released
Yesterday, on the orders of President Medvedev, the Russian State Archive published online, for the first time, once-secret documents relating to the Katyn massacre. The archive’s website recorded almost 700,000 visits within hours of the release of the files. The documents had already been declassified in 1992 by the president at the time, Boris Yeltsin. The files relating to the investigations into the massacre in the 1990s remain secret, however. Tony Halpin reports in The Times.
The BBC also reports.

Memorial to Sheffield’s Women of Steel

Sheffield City Council met, yesterday, to discuss different options for a memorial, which is due to built in the city centre to honour the women who fought in the town’s steel industry during the Second World War.
The BBC reports.

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