Three digital gems to discover from the comfort of your own home

Are you a fan of Jane Austen’s writing, a lover of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architecture, or enthralled by Renaissance Florence? If so, look no further.

Ahead of this weekend, we’ve selected three AHRC-funded projects which offer fascinating digital resources you can enjoy – all from the comfort of your own home…

1. Delve into Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts

The Watsons Manuscript; Jane Austen / Public domain

The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition gathers together in the virtual space of the web some 1,100 pages of fiction written in Jane Austen’s own hand. Unlike the famous printed novels, all published in a short span between 1811 and 1818, these manuscripts trace Jane Austen’s development as a writer from childhood to the year of her death. Not only do they provide a unique visual record of her imagination from her teenage experiments to her last unfinished writings, these pages represent one of the earliest collections of creative writings in the author’s hand to survive for a British novelist.

Discover Jane Austen’s manuscripts.

2. Absorb yourself in the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

S. elevation (2013) © Mackintosh Architecture, University of Glasgow

‘Mackintosh Architecture’ provides a richly illustrated catalogue of all known architectural projects by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Explore a catalogue raisonné of over 1,200 drawings by Mackintosh and the practice along with analytical and contextual essays, biographies of over 400 clients, colleagues, contractors and suppliers; timeline; glossary, and a bibliography if you want to find out more.

Explore the catalogue of Mackintosh Architecture.

3. Step back in time and explore Renaissance Florence

The final AHRC-funded project for this week is Hidden Florence, a fascinating piece of research which produced a free smartphone app that invites people to experience Renaissance Florence through the eyes of five contemporary characters. Each guide takes you on a unique walking tour through the city’s rich past, linking the sites you visit to stories from their own lives and times.

Uncover Renaissance Florence via your smartphone.

This blog is part of an ongoing ‘Digital Discovery’ series where we’ll be sharing fascinating arts and humanities research you can explore digitally – all from the comfort of your own home!

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