Wednesday, September 30, 2020

British Museum: Prints and Drawings - problems with accessing the Virtual Gallery

 Have you checked out the developments the British Museum has made with its digitised Virtual Gallery for its Prints and Drawings?

Their website suggests that it's all very simple to access digital versions of prints and drawings in the collection.

In reality it isn't.

  • today the problen
  • tomorrow the solution!

Albrecht Durer 'Rhinoceros' at the British Museum

American artist Kara Walker at the British Museum
- who is best known for her panoramic friezes of cut-paper silhouettes


There is this page - Prints and Drawings virtual gallery - which provides a selection of Old Masters and Modern and Contemporary Drawings

BUT NO LINK OR EXPLANATION FOR HOW TO FIND OUT MORE.

These and millions of other works are freely accessible for you to look at via our study room.
so you go to the study room link an what you then see is 

The Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings is devoted to making its collection and specialist knowledge accessible. Most of the Prints and Drawings collection has been catalogued.

You can search for information and images about objects from the collection on Collection online which has information about more than four million objects in the British Museum collection.

Great

So you click the Collection online - and find that it is a completely DEAD LINK

WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU CLICK THE DEAD LINK!!

So then you try Study Room instead and get another dead end

Our study room remains closed to the public until further notice. Please delay any requests for object study as we are not currently able to accommodate these. We look forward to welcoming you back when our study room reopens in 2021.
Still no access to the Digital Collection of Drawings!

Tomorrow I'll show you how to access the digital collection!

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