Picturae Works Together with British Army Museum

16 February 2015 721


The National Army Museum in the United Kingdom and Picturae are working together to digitize, enrich and publish a part of the museum’s collection. A part of the project was performed on location at the museum depot. Picturae is very proud to work together with the National Army Museum.

 

A French “Eagle” standard, captured by the British at the Battle of Waterloo. Every French Regiment had its own Eagle, personally presented by Napoleon, which was a symbol of the unit and guarded fiercely.
© NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM. PHOTO RELIC IMAGING LTD.

Project

Picturae digitized the National Army Museum’s collection Disbanded Irish Regiments, Waterloo Campaign and Women’s Services (WRAC/WAAC) archives. Picturae will also perform Optical character recognition (OCR) on a part of the digitized collection of Irish Journals. OCR makes characters on digital images readable for search engines like Google. Moreover, Picturae will also start up a crowdsourcing project for the National Army Museum, allowing the public to help in describing their digitized collection relating to the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

 

Waterloo

Thursday June 18, 2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. On one side were the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte, self-declared Emperor of France, and on the other the coalition of nations led by the Duke of Wellington. The battle was decisive in curbing the territorial ambitions of the Napoleonic regime.

 

This beautiful sword was carried by Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, and was afterwards his favourite sword and lucky charm. Napoleon’s victory over the Austrian and Russian armies at Austerlitz gave France mastery of Europe, until Waterloo finally ended his dominance.
© MUSÉE DE L’ARMÉE (DIST. RMN-GRAND PALAIS). PHOTO RELIC IMAGING LTD.

Army Museum

Founded in 1960 by Royal Charter, the National Army Museum was established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects and records relating to the Land Forces of the British Crown.

 

The Museum seeks to tell the story of the British Army and the personal experiences of the soldiers who have served in it. Working to inspire, challenge and educate, the Museum aims to connect the British public and its Army, demonstrating how the role of the Army and its actions are still relevant today. 

 

HM The Queen opened the National Army Museum in 1970 but a major transformation, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund means the Museum’s site in Chelsea is currently closed until 2016.  In the meantime, visit: www.nam.ac.uk for a wealth of British Army history, research tools, learning facilities and details of outreach events around the country.

 

Picturae

Picturae is a company which specializes in cultural heritage. It offers heritage institutions, businesses and municipalities a complete solution for the online accessibility of their collections; from the digitization of large maps to setting up websites, from crowdsourcing to developing databases. In short, Picturae digitizes, enriches and makes cultural heritage accessible. Picturae works with institutions such as Naturalis, Magnum Photos, the National Archives, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, World Press Photo, the National Library of Scotland.