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Design Online: extending access to the BT Design Register by Dinah Eastop

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  • Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991 rich resource - as text and as material evidence
  • Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991 rich resource - as text and as material evidence Products, e.g. leather gloves, straw bonnets, mittens, socks Samples, e.g. printed and woven shawls, furnishing textiles, lace Photographs of products Drawing of products & textile designs Tracings of textile designs
  • Accessibility The accessibility of movable heritage collections is characterised as: the ability of a user to find an item within a collection, i.e. to know that a particular collection holds this item; the ability of the institution to locate the item and retrieve it, and 3. the ability of the institution to present it to a user in a format which is most appropriate to both the item and the user . In the case of the BT Design Register , access needs to be provided to as many aspects of the Series as possible, i.e. the container (or physical structure), the content (through improved catalogue data), and the material information intrinsic to the representations themselves .
  • Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991 rich resource - as text and as material evidence
  • Class 12 Other Fabrics (Damasks) -BT 43/414 – 292258 blue butterfly

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  • 1. Dinah EastopDesign Online: extending accessto the BT Design Register
  • 2. What is the BT Design Register?6 series, 1839-199111,122 volumes or boxes
  • 3. Why was the BT Design Register established?To confer copyright protection to designs registered by proprietorsRegisters (small volumes) with the text record of registration:name and address of proprietor; date of registration; design numberRepresentations (pasted in large volumes or loose in boxes) withrepresentations of the registered designs
  • 4. Where? Worldwide: proprietors and markets5
  • 5. How are designs represented?Representations of the designs take many formsphotographs, drawings, paintings, samples and artefacts6
  • 6. Collection management for preservation and access• 11,122 orderable units (volumes or boxes)• some volumes weigh more than 25kg• nearly 3 million designs in wide range of materials & forms7
  • 7. Access* Find* Retrieve* Present8
  • 8. Focus: BT43/BT44Design Register series for 1842-1884BT44 = registers x 38 - name-richBT43 = 432 large volumes filled withrepresentations of the designs
  • 9. BT43/BT44 = access challenge: designs registered andarranged according to 14 classes of materials and products:metal, wood, glass, earthenware, paper hangings [wallpaper],carpets and 8 textile classes: printed shawls, other shawls,yarn, printed fabrics, furnitures [printed fabrics with largerpattern), other fabrics, damasks, and lace10
  • 10. Wide range of materials, inc. embossed leather, soap, mirror glass11
  • 11. BT43/416 ‘Lace’ 1842-184312
  • 12. Consultation with users and potential usersessential to link registration information with representationvia the design number13
  • 13. Find: improve online resourcestranscription & cataloguing of BT44 registers14
  • 14. BT44 registers transcribed, catalogued & online2012 = record year for release of online resourcesThe biggest contribution = BT43/BT44 Design Register releases:335,311 items in BT 44406,411 items in BT 4315
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  • 18. Find: improve online resourcestranscribe text on/alongside representationsUser Participation Project – 10% of BT 4319
  • 19. Example of additional text‘The Flying Steam Company to China in Twenty-FourHours Certain.’ Design registered 15 May 184320
  • 20. Next steps? Further transcription21
  • 21. Conservation of volumes and representations (designs)22
  • 22. Present designs on-line. How?23300 mid-Victorian ceramic designs and other curiositieshttp://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/designregisters/
  • 23. Explore: RTI – polynomial texture mapping PTMan image capture and processing techniquevirtual re-lighting & zoom in
  • 24. Explore: RTI – polynomial texture mapping PTMlighting from above x raking light & zoom
  • 25. 26Explore online: RTI/PTMhttp://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/author/deastop/
  • 26. 27Explore online: RTI/PTMhttp://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/texture-mapping-part-three/#more-8644
  • 27. 28Explore online: RTI/PTMhttp://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/capturing-and-exploring-texture/#more-8178 - publications
  • 28. Online delivery – image capture - challenges29
  • 29. Online delivery of nearly 3 million imagesOption - intuitive image-browsing ?150+ images per screen view; can be sorted30
  • 30. Conclusion: Integrated approach toaccess, preservation and developmentDevelopmentof resources & servicesAccess Preservation
  • 31. AcknowledgementsThe Clothworkers’ FoundationThe Arts and Humanities Research CouncilThe archivists, artists, conservators, designers and historianswho contributed to the consultation eventsVolunteers and colleagues atThe National Archives32