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British Library: Treasures HD

British Library: Treasures HD
  • #: 139818
  • Price: $5.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2011-01-09
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • 1.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 118.00 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Toura, LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © 2010 Toura
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Description

‘Treasures’, the British Library’s first app for iPhone and iPad, makes it possible to explore some of the Library’s rarest and most extraordinary written and printed material – from wherever you are in the world.

iPad App of the Week - January 28, 2011

Named by Sunday Times as one of the top 500 apps!

Created in partnership with Toura, the app includes over 100 highlights from our collections, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through high-resolution images, allowing the viewer to zoom in and explore in extraordinary detail.

Literary highlights include Charles Dickens’s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Austen’s teenage writings, while key historical documents include 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China, an original Magna Carta of 1215, Elizabeth I’s famous Tilbury speech before the Spanish Armada, and a recording of suffragette Christabel Pankhurst’s speech after her release from prison.

The section devoted to music includes manuscript scores from some of the best-known classical composers, such as Handel, Purcell, Mozart and Schubert. A section devoted to maps showcases some of the most interesting and beautiful maps and views from the collection.

Christian texts include the Codex Sinaiticus, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Gutenberg Bible. Other faiths are represented by the Golden Haggadah, Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an, and Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian manuscripts.

The scientific documents, which are generally less well-known, explore fields such as astronomy, botany, zoology and medicine. They include manuscripts, notebooks and letters that reveal some of the key scientific developments of all time, including Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, and Copernicus’s and Galileo’s findings on the structure of the cosmos.

Alongside these images, the app also includes sound recordings and nearly 50 short videos. This multimedia content totals over 1.2GB and is best when viewed over a WiFi connection. Videos include interviews with British Library curators, the linguist David Crystal and explorer Ben Fogle.

The app will be regularly updated with information on British Library exhibitions, highlighting some of the star items that will be on display. At the time of launching, the app includes information on ‘Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices’.

* Please note that due to the large amount of multimedia content included in the app, a WiFi connection is recommended to watch the videos and listen to the audio. *

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1/5 stars

Not worth the money

: This app is just a 'sampler' of stuff you can see if you browse the museum website on a PC (or visit the museum in person). You can see little bits of stuff, but nothing in depth.

If you view the original score of Handel's Messiah on the Virtual Books section of the website (this does not work though Safari on the iPad) you can see all the pages and listen to an audio commentary on every page.

The Treasures HD app will show you one page only, with a typed commentary.


I'm very sorry I paid anything at all for this app, and beyond a frustrating few minutes finding out all the things it DOESN'T do, I don't suppose I'll use it at all.
2011-06-14 08:26:51

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