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University of Exeter Library Special Collections

Developing open access workflows one collection at a time

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s Special Collections include unique and distinct collections of archives, rare books and objects used across the University for teaching and research programs. Special Collections has strong links with other regional, national, and international institutions and engages in outreach and collaborative projects that benefit both the University and wider community.

Funded by the AHRC, the GLAM-E Lab is working with Exeter Special Collections to release key collections in the public domain and develop and test open access workflows in the process. An example includes Christopher Saxton’s 1597 Atlas, which was the first comprehensive atlas of England and Wales. The CC0 images published by Exeter’s Special Collections are now the highest quality images of the Atlas available in open access globally. 

Special Collections is also partnering with the GLAM-E Lab to organise a regional open access network and campaign for collections holders in the UK’s Devon South West.