Archive charts birth of modern China

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An online archive of 8,000 rare photographs of Chinese life between 1850 and 1950 has been launched through the Visualising China project.

The site offers researchers open access to major online collections such as Historical Photographs of China (University of Bristol), the Sir Robert Hart Collection (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Joseph Needham’s Photographs of Wartime China (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge), as well as to previously-unseen and private collections and a selected Google Books library of China-related publications.

The project, which is funded by JISC, is a collaboration between the Web Futures team at the University of Bristol’s Institute for Learning and Research Technology and the Historical Photographs of China  team within the Department of Historical Studies.