The BookNET Research Cluster grew from an existing network, the (Centre for the Study of the Book), based in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, in partnership with the British Library, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich and the Center for the Study of Books and Media, Princeton University. The aim of this Centre is to enrich access to collections of books by fostering research that crosses academic and professional specialisms, and by promoting this research through innovative projects, public programmes, and digital developments. In order to develop this activity in a specifically technological direction, we have brought together for the first time a national and international Cluster of researchers who have studied the various components of the book as object, with the aim of sharing expertise and generating new interactions, and, by bringing in expertise from related study areas, we intend to define a research agenda for the technical study of this overlooked but vital component of the cultural heritage. The outcomes will be of value to those charged with the curation and understanding of this vast legacy, and also all those researchers and lay audience interested in literary and art history, materials science and the history of technology.

Pigmentum has been contributing to this BookNet Research Cluster. In addition to presentations at the meetings, a discussion paper by Nicholas Eastaugh and Sarah Neate entitled “Paint analysis and the technological study of manuscripts. A BookNET discussion document” has been included as part of the final outputs of BookNET. [PDF]