Those with an interest in Victorian history and culture should check out Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy, a new website from the Royal Collection Trust that launched in August 2019 in honor of Albert's 200th birthday. This resource features over 17,500 digitized documents and photographs, most of which have never been published before. Albert is best known as Queen Victoria's beloved Prince Consort who died prematurely in 1861. This project highlights Albert's lasting influence on British culture and society. For example, the Collections section offers ample evidence of Albert's patronage of the arts. This included photography, which was then more commonly thought of as a scientific tool rather than an art form and medium for documenting history, as Albert saw it. Also featured here is the art of Raphael, who Albert so admired that he collected prints and photographs of the Renaissance master's almost entire body of work, intending the collection "for public good, rather than private enjoyment, and as a resource for students." The Explore section offers visitors "specific themes, biographies, and media that further contextualizes Albert's life and times," including visual essays and an interactive timeline. This ongoing digitization project is slated to make approximately 23,000 items available online by the end of 2020.
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