Yeats again

Lorcan 1 min read

I mentioned visiting the very nicely done Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland in these pages a couple of years ago. There is a very positive story about it in the NYT today.

They highlight some of the digital elements of the exhibition …..

The notebook is one of thousands of elements in a dazzling exhibition, “The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats,” more like a life-size, walk-through Web site than an ordinary museum show. With audiotapes, four short films and software that brings light and breath to aging manuscripts, it amounts to a digital resurrection, allowing Yeats to stride again along the hinge of the 19th and 20th centuries. [Art – William Butler Yeats’s Relationship With Maud Gonne Is Explored at the National Library of Ireland –]

“stride along the hinge”?
I mentioned at the time that it was a pity that the exhibition had a very limited web presence. That has now changed and there is a flash-based online exhibition available. It is structured to replicate the physical exhibition and you can move around it looking at individual pieces. This is nice in one way, but means that you cannot individually link to or reuse resources, and those resources don’t appear to be visible to the web (through search for example). The exhibition itself is searchable, but this didn’t seem to be working when I tried it.

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