Historical Journeys: Travelling through Time

TCD MS 10484/4/1 Hingston collection: Black and white glass slide from Hingston’s travels to the Himalayas and Mount  Everest. Mountaineer wearing breathing apparatus. 1920s

In May 2009 Trinity College Library joined 19 other European partners in embarking on an imaginative new digitisation project. Europeana Travel is an EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe’s national and university libraries into www.Europeana.eu. Over 2 years, Europeana Travel will digitise over one million resources, including manuscripts, maps, photographs, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade  routes and exploration.

Europeana, the European digital library museum and archive, was launched in November 2008 and provides integrated access to digitised treasures from repositories around Europe. A portal to nearly 5 million digital resources, Europeana.eu is a collaboration between universities, research institutes and content providers. The Europeana Travel project, co-ordinated by the National Library of Estonia, will digitise rich collections from many well-known national and research libraries in Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK.

Trinity College Library, the only Irish participant in the project, is contributing two distinct
collections of material. The first is a collection of travel journals dating from the late-18th to the mid-19th centuries, documenting the tours of individuals and families to Europe and further afield. In bringing together material on travel and tourism from different countries, this will enable users to make comparisons of different national perspectives, offering a new dimension for education, business, social networking and travel.

TCD MS 10805/folio 19 : Watercolour sketch of Noumèa in theSouth Pacific, from the travel journal of Captain Kenneth Howard-Bury (1846-1885). 1880-81

The second collection is that of Major Richard William George Hingston (1887-1966). Educated at University College Cork, Hingston was a surgeon, an author, a naturalist, a geographer and an adventurer. He served in France, Africa and the Middle East during World War I, and in 1920 published A Naturalist in Himalaya (London, 1920) detailing his 1914 and 1916 travels in the Himalayan valley of Hazara, in what is now Pakistan. His hitherto unexploited personal papers contain information on an illfated Everest expedition in 1924. As a naturalist he collected over 10,000 animal samples and 500 plant specimens during that expedition. Among his finds was a species of Black Attid spider he discovered living at 22,000 feet, the highest known habitat for any animal. He also kept records of his scientific trips to Greenland and Pamir and trips to Africa for the preservation of African fauna.

Trinity College’s Manuscripts & Archives Research Library and Digital Resources Imaging & Services are working closely together on the project and the first of the digitised images will appear in an online exhibition on the Europeana Travel website in the coming weeks. To learn more about the project visit: www.europeanatravel.eu 

TCD MS 10484/4/4 Hingston collection: Black and white glass slide from Hingston’s travels to the Himalayas and Mount Everest. Two mountaineers climbing a snow-covered ridge. 1920s

Caoimhe Ni Ghormain
Trinity College Library

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