In a move that has created excitement for art lovers and history lovers alike, the British Library has published over a million images from its archives online.
The origins and history of some the images is still a mystery, so the British Library is hoping that people will come forward to help them gather more details about the pictures. [Daily Mail]
As part of the Unseen Illustrations project, the public is encouraged to “remix and re-purpose” the images from texts from the 17th to 19th centuries.
The collection gathered from 65,000 volumes includes maps, illustrations, letters, rhymes, and wall paintings.
A blog post on the British Library website said: ‘We may know which book, volume and page an image was drawn from, but we know nothing about a given image.
‘We fully intend people to work with it, to adapt it, and to push back improvements that should help others work with this release.
Read more at the Daily Mail and check out the slideshow of images below.