New images and new acquisitions featured
After the launch of its independent website on February 2007, the Schøyen Collection has redesigned its online checklist of some 740 manuscripts, about five per cent of the Collection's total holding. This 22nd edition of the online resource allows easier navigation of the Collection's 41 different sub-collections.
At all times a visitor knows exactly which part of the Collection is being viewed, and various navigation options allow sequential page-by-page progress, as well as jumps from one collection to another. A site map that shows the overall structure of the manuscripts that are available on the website is also a helpful enhancement.
Altogether 20 more manuscripts have been added in seven collections, as well as 180 new pictures, taking the total of images to about 900.
The Schøyen Collection website continues to be a useful resource to academics and scholars, as well as general students of world history. In 2008, the website had some 5 million hits and the Schøyen Collection routinely receives image and information requests from authors, publishers, educators and the media.
Note to Editors:
The Schøyen Collection crosses borders and unites cultures, religions and unique materials found nowhere else. The Collection, based in London and Oslo, contains over 20,000 significant manuscripts of major cultural importance and is an important part of the world’s heritage.
There is no public collection that has the Schøyen Collection’s unique array of manuscripts from all the greatest manuscript hoards, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Cairo Genizah of Hebrew MSS, The Oxyrhynchus hoard of classical papyri, The Dishna Biblical papyri, The Nag Hammadi Gnostic papyri, the Dunhuang hoard of Buddhist MSS, and many others. Nor is there one with such a variety, geographically, linguistically and textually, and of scripts and writing materials, covering so a great span of time — 5,000 years of history.