Manchester Digital Collections

Supported by Creative Manchester, Manchester Digital Collections is a new resource for exploring high-quality images of cultural collections and research projects at the University of Manchester.

From 28 January 2020 to ongoing

Partners: Dr Guyda Armstrong, Cambridge University Library, The University of Manchester Library, The John Rylands Research Institute, IT Services, The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Manchester Museum and The Whitworth.

Manchester Digital Collections allows University of Manchester academics to curate digital editions of important items from University collections, contextualising them and bringing their research on the collections to a global audience.

Manchester Digital Collections launch
Manchester Digital Collections launch

From a user standpoint, the platform allows enhanced viewing and manipulation of ultra-high quality images, with a parallel display of text, audio and video content. 

“The spectacular collections of the University of Manchester Library and the University’s Cultural Institutions comprise millions of items. From papyri to pixels, cuneiform tablets to contemporary art, they span five thousand years and an astonishing array of world cultures. Manchester Digital Collections provides an innovative platform to inspire researchers, students and many other audiences to explore these remarkable resources in amazing detail.”

Christoper Pressler, John Rylands University Librarian & Director of the University of Manchester Library

Manchester Digital Collections was built in collaboration with Cambridge University Library, and the project is supported by Creative Manchester.