The Mechanical Curator

The Mechanical Curator is a experimental Tumblr Blog created by the British Library Labs project. It is part of the Digital Scholarship department of the British Library.

On the hour, a computer algorithm selects an image at random from the pages of digitised works held at the British library, which is then uploaded on the Blog. These images are small illustrations and ornamentations from books from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Information such as origin of the image and year of publication is given for every image, as well as a series of descriptive tags. Each image also has a link to the digitized version of the entire book from which the image was taken, on the website of the British Library.

On the archive of The Mechanical Curator Tumblr Blog, previously posted images can be found, sorted according to the month in which they were posted.

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Friday, 28 February 2014 - 6:08pm
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