All cultures have contributed to our common humanity - Martin Schøyen


After a period of study and consolidation, the Schøyen Collection has redesigned its website to provide an even more useful resource for scholars and lay people alike.

The new website format gives a page view to every manuscript in the collection that has been put online - still only a fraction of the entire collection of some 20,000 manuscripts - with enhanced images and an advanced search capability. The most significant development, however, is the addition of more manuscripts in the online checklist.

The Music collection is much expanded with the addition - still ongoing - of some 60 new autographs and copyists' manuscripts.  The aim is to cover the entire evolution of music composition from the earliest jottings of tonal concepts through to contemporary virtual notation.  There are also important additions in Children's Literature and Women Authors.

Martin Schøyen said: "The appreciation shown to me by the Dalai Lama in May this year of the role the Schøyen Collection has played in preserving important texts has been one of the highlights of my endeavour as a collector.

"With the new website, I hope to bring the richness of the world's cultures closer to anyone who has an interest in understanding what all cultures have contributed to our common humanity," he said.

Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta: Leonardo in Locarno, music for urban spaces in virtual and graphic notation


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.


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