Discover the collaborative virtual exhibition «Sublimes animaux» available on the Armarium, the digital library of the written, graphic and literary heritage of Hauts-de-France.

«Sublime animals», first virtual exhibition of the Armarium

On September 17, 2022, the Agence régionale du livre et de la lecture (AR2L) Hauts-de-France and 12 regional heritage libraries* unveiled the first-ever collaborative virtual exhibition available on the Armarium, the Bibliothèque numérique du Patrimoine écrit, graphic and literary Hauts-de-France.

The fruit of many months of work and the culmination of a collaborative project, «Sublimes animaux» celebrates the bestiary and its sometimes fantastic and mysterious beings. From the medieval tradition of the book of beasts dating back to the 2nd century, to Carolingian and medieval manuscripts, to incunabula, you will travel to the end of the 15th century in the works of Hauts-de-France.

What is the Armarium?

AR2L has developed theArmarium, the Digital Library of Written, Graphic and Literary Heritage, as part of the Calls for Projects Written Heritage of the Book and Reading Service of the Ministry of Culture, and the Calls for Projects PNV and ADNI of the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC) Hauts-de-France. This project is also supported by the Hauts-France Regional Council.

The Armarium offers access to digitized documents from partner institutions in Hauts-de-France. The library is fed as it goes by the digitized resources held in the region’s heritage institutions. All written heritage materials are represented: manuscripts, printed books, maps and plans, iconographic documents, press, etc.

The DRAC accompanied the AR2L in the design phase of the Armarium but also in the digitization process of the documents presented there.