Invitation to the 18th century. Exploring early modern books digitally

Exhibition in cooperation with the University and State Library Saxony-Anhalt in the Historic Orphanage

The light of enlightenment breaks through the fog in the form of sunbeams.
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Under the title »Invitation to the 18th Century. Experiencing Book Worlds Digitally«, the Francke Foundations and the University and State Library Saxony-Anhalt (ULB) invite you to an exhibition in the Historic Orphanage that focuses on books from the 18th century, both analog and digital. The occasion for this exhibition is the national project »Directory of 18th Century Prints Published in the German Language Area« or VD 18 for short, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims to make the cultural heritage of the 18th century digitally visible and to promote a comprehensive range of services for exploring and researching the history of German and European culture and knowledge. For more than ten years, the ULB has played a major role in this and, since 2019, has also taken over the processing of holdings from the library of the Francke Foundations and the Marienbibliothek. In their entirety, the digitized works reflect the century of the Enlightenment. In Halle, the prints of the globally radiating movement of Pietism are brought into the project.

The exhibition explains the national project and its origins, visualizes the workflow from cataloging to digitization to presentation on the World Wide Web, tells the biography of a prayer book by way of example from its creation in the 18th century to its digital representation, and shows selected prints of this period from the holdings of the three Halle libraries – a celebration of the 18th century book.

Registration is required for the on-site visit. For more information, please see the information for our visitors.

Alternatively, you can experience the book world of the 18th century in our online exhibition.