The British Library has launched a new collection online, called Caribbean Views. The new offering includes more than 1,000 images, maps and texts from the 18th and early 19th Centuries and reveals the contrasting experiences of life on and around plantations in the former British colonies.
A virtual tour with narrative by historian and writer, Mike Phillips, brings the artifacts to life and offers learners a diverse perspective on colonial Britain, from idyllic scenes of colonial landscapes to text extracts about the horrors and hardships witnessed by slaves in the sugar plantations.
This is one collection of many available on the Collect Britain website, which is an ambitious online program involving the digitization of more than 90,000 sounds and images. System Associates has provided an innovative digital media library and content management system that has enabled an in-house team to swiftly and effectively label, describe and manage large quantities of information and present it in themed online collections.
You can read more about the new collection or access it online at http://www.collectbritain.co.uk