New public domain images from the British Library

The British Library has this week uploaded over a million images to Flickr at a medium resolution (usually about 1800px to 2000px on the longest side) and a few such as fold-out plates are at up to 4000px. All are marked as public domain, being the sort of engraved plates, figures and maps that one sees in old books. Some suffer a little from scanning that was optimised for text rather than images…

“These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain.”

Here are some of the choice items from a search for “Staffordshire”. The image set is barely tagged yet, and the British Library is hoping the tagging will be crowdsourced over the coming months and years. This will make searching inside the corpus much more useful, over time.

Through Staffordshire Stiles and Derbyshire Dales: a tour of the

Staffordshire and Warwickshire, past and present: by J. A. Langf




I’ve also quickly colorised the one showing Etruria undergoing industrialisation…

Staffordshire and Warwickshire, past and present: by J. A. Langf


Undying Voices: the poetry of Roman Britain

A new free book, Undying Voices: the poetry of Roman Britain, drawn from stone and other inscriptions…

May the wayfarer who
sees sixteen years-old
Hermes of Commagene,
hurled into this tomb by fate,
say: ‘Greetings, you, boy, from me:
though you crept not far ahead
in your mortal life, you hasted
as quickly as possible to
the land of the Cimmerian people.’
Neither will you lie [down here], for the boy was good,
and you will do him a good service [by walking on].

To the god who conceived
roads and paths:
Titus Irdas, guard of the governor
fulfilled his promise happily, gladly, deservedly.


Trent Art

Trent Art is a very elegant new website from Stoke-on-Trent, selling “a wide range of Modern British Artists, including many Northern School Artists, both established and up and coming.” They have a private viewing room at the Potters Club in Stoke-on-Trent. They also have a fabulously illustrated Facebook presence.



Pictures: Jack Simcock, Mow Cop Landscape and Figures, 1960, and White House Mow Cop, 1960s. From Trent Art.