Turning the Pages of MS JJ

What is Turning the Pages™?

Turning the Pages™ is a programme developed by Armadillo New Media Communications working with the British Library to produce a way of presenting manuscript materials in an accessible way. It allows libraries and museums to create a 3D environment for their work. We have used it in a fairly basic way on the site, using macromedia flash, although Armadillosystems have developed it in far more advanced ways. For the pilot we have merely given a sample of what Turning the Pages™ has to offer.

For more information on Turning the Pages™ contact: http://www.armadillosystems.com

How to Turn the Pages

If you place the cursor at the top left hand side of the page, the page will begin to move towards you. By pulling your cursor across the screen in a simulation of how one would turn the page by hand you can move through the manuscript. Sometimes, however, this mode can be frustrating and the pages don't turn fully.

If you have trouble turning the pages "by hand", as described above, then you can solve the problem in one of two ways:

- if you single click on the bottom left hand corner the programme will automatically turn the page for you.

- if you double click on the top right hand corner the programme will automatically turn the page for you.

Turning the Pages of MS JJ (DC MS 19)

For the notebook DC MS 19 we have presented only those pages relating to the early Prelude material (MS JJ). This material is entered at the back of the notebook in a run of 22 pages starting on the inside back cover, then in two pencil entries at the front of the notebook. Here we have tried to represent this by giving two blank pages between the pages at the back and the pages at the front, with the front cover, inside front cover and first page also given. In actuality, however, the manuscript object contains far more material (see detailed description and spatial maps for DC MS 19).

The front of the notebook is labelled "Diaries" reflecting a substantial entry by Dorothy Wordsworth in the middle part of the notebook (containing her famous description of the daffodils). The front and back covers are hard, not soft in the way that Turning the Pages™ suggests.