Other news: Issue 7, February 2011

A brand new look for the MMR website!

We are pleased to announce that the MeMO project has launched a new website, called Kloosterkleding in Beeld (Representations of monastic dress). It can be found here.

Kloosterkleding in Beeld is a Dutch website with a database, which was built to accompany the master thesis by Lonneke Hoondert; a follow-up of the thesis and website by Kassandra van Houdt (both at Utrecht University).

The MeMO project's other products and project links can be found on the main site.

Commemoration in the Convent MariŽnpoel: Updated

The Rich Internet Application, Commemoration in the Convent MariŽnpoel: Prayer and Politics is an interactive website, which was discussed in our previous issue of MMR. The website has now been updated, and Research Notes have been added.

The RIA, created by Leen Breure and Truus van Bueren, is a scientific publication which aims to be accessible to a wider audience. Prayer and Politics is especially aimed at students and other interested parties, to allow them to familiarise themselves with all aspects concerning the commemoration of the dead.

In the spotlight: Tomb Slabs on the Internet

In the spotlight today are two websites which both stand out for their respective concepts and interesting executions. Both websites feature extensive databases with information on medieval tomb slabs in a particular church. The first website has been around for a while and is called De Oude Kerk - Graven op Internet.

This website is available in five languages and gives a detailed floor plan of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, on which the various tombs slabs are marked out in a grid. By hovering over a grave, the visitor can see who lay buried there. In some cases successive occupants of graves are listed. Detailed information on each individual is also offered if available. In addition, the website hosts an advanced search engine.

The project which resulted in this website has been concluded, but visitors are able to add their own information about historical figures if they find it to be missing. Contributions by visitors are clearly marked as such.

The second website was launched with the publication of the book De grafzerken van de Sint-Jan te 's-Hertogenbosch edited by Jan van Oudheusden and Harry Tummers, which was featured in the previous issue of this newsletter. The website goes by the same name as the book.

This website is available in the Dutch language only, and much like the previous website it sports a search engine and an interactive floor plan of the church on which the various graves are marked out. A remarkable feature of this online database is the large number of high-quality images with zoom-function. This allows visitors examine the slabs in great detail.

Online databases like these are great internet resources for memoria researchers, and hopefully more of them will be created in the future.

MeMO presentation by Truus van Bueren

On Wednesday 2 March 2011, Truus van Bueren will present the MeMO project during the UCMS Lunchtime lectures for staff members of the faculty of the Humanities of Utrecht University. The lecture will take place in Utrecht (Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06), at 12.00-13.00.

One Thousand Years of English Church Monuments

Issue 43 (December 2010) of the journal Ecclesiology Today is a theme issue edited by Sally Badham and devoted to English church monuments from the medieval period to the twentieth century. The third essay by MeMO collaborator Sophie Oosterwijk addresses the iconographic variety of medieval monuments to children and the evidence they may provide for medieval attitudes to children, in contrast to claims about indifference by the French historian Philippe AriŤs; she also points out the potential pitfalls for the unwary in trying to interpret, for instance, miniature effigies (which may be heart memorials) and 'maidenly' figures (which may commemorate not only young girls but also elderly spinsters and married women).

The same issue furthermore contains an introductory overview of the role and place of church monuments over the centuries (Paul Cockerham), and articles on medieval cross slabs (Brian and Moira Gittos); the historical and religious context of a brass epitaph of a fourteenth-century London mayor (Nigel Saul); commemoration of a York family in the fifteenth century through brasses, stained glass and prayers (Sally Badham); English sixteenth-century verse epitaphs (Jon Bayliss); and memorials and epitaphs to mothers in the Early Modern period (Jean Wilson).

The remaining three articles are devoted to monuments in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Copies of Ecclesiology Today may be ordered via the Ecclesiological Society's website.

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