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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Buying the Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1000 - The 11th Century
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Martin Kennedy Foys
Name of Producer: SDE (Scholarly Digital Editions)
Language/s of Product: English
Website of the product:
Target Group: General Public, scholars, teachers and students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
The objective of the site is to sell the CD-ROM and Licenses to use it but it also shows a clear synopsis of the resource.
The CD-ROM is structured in the following way:
The site is a promotion and order form for a CD-ROM of an electronic copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. However it shows some detail of the work and some ideas that a teacher can follow up.
• hyperlinked scholarly commentary on each of the 173 panels, detailing all major and minor interpretative issues in the Tapestry; an outline to facilitate non-linear navigation of sections of the Tapestry; the ability to toggle between English and Latin in the inscriptions
• more general descriptions of the forty scenes of the
Tapestry, intended as a beginner's guide to the "plot" of the work
• a full glossary of People, Places, Details and Events
depicted or referenced in the Tapestry, with linked index
• an animated and clickable map of English and
Norman geography of the Tapestry, and a map of the battlefield
• 360 degree video panoramas of the battlefield
• a genealogy of Kings William and Harold
• a library featuring translations of seventeen textual
analogues to the events depicted in the Tapestry, with editorial notes to link the texts to the Tapestry
• a museum containing thirty-seven visual analogues
(medieval artifacts, manuscript illuminations, archaeological remains, etc.) to aspects of the Tapestry
• a search engine
• a full bibliography
• a full introduction, detailing the history, manufacture,
purpose and restoration of the Tapestry
• copies of facsimiles of the Tapestry
• a slideshow feature, allowing users to pre-arrange the
order in which panels of the Tapestry may be displayed
• full print and copy facilities
Description of contents:
Each description and image in this introductory site may be clicked on for a full screenshot and description of the related feature from the CD-ROM (see above)
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: good
Quality and relevancy of content: good
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: good
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: poor
Quality of the evaluation tools: poor
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: poor
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
This website is essentially aimed at teachers and would only be of interest to a student if they wanted to buy an individual license for the CD-ROM. However, the CD-ROM itself contains an excellent range of materials that would be accessible to students undertaking individual or group research.
A site that promotes an essential resource for schools which would allow good links to be made between Art and History.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Emma Brown, David Graham
Name of School: Holly Lodge Girls College
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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