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How this site works

This site groups primary sources - such as photographs, engravings, maps, audio recordings and text - into themed collections.

Each item is assigned to one collection, but the use of tagging with descriptors means that you can easily search across all collections. Hence you can find everything relating to Carlisle, or all items relating to transport, or all audio items, no matter which collection each item is in.

Where the primary source is a physical item, such as an image or a piece of text, it is available as a download on the right of the screen. There are usual two sizes of downloads - a large scale high-definition file suitable for projection onto a screen, and a smaller-scale lower-definition file suitable for printing. If you right click on the file and select 'open link in new tab' or 'open link in new window' you will be able to toggle between the file and the accompanying notes.

Some of the collections also contain links out to other websites - if you find a broken link please contact us.


The 'Dublin Core'

Each item is provided with some explanatory text and details about date, size, medium, rights holder and other relevant information. This appears under the main header 'Dublin Core'.

The term 'Dublin Core' is a reference to the defined listing of terms for web resources established by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and widely used in the fields of librarianship, museums and other related fields of scholarship and practice, especially where they intersect with computer science through, for example, the coding of metadata.

The header 'Dublin Core' is built into Omeka.net, the platform we have used to create this site. It does not mean that the information provided originated in Dublin! 

The ordering of this commentary is consistent across items, though some items will have more categories of infomation than others.


A Note on Audio Items

Please be aware that the icon provided for audio items is merely a badge - it does not provide a clickthrough facility.

You can access the audio file via the weblink provided under 'Source' in the Dublin Core listiing.