The Banks Project aims to improve access to the State Library’s Sir Joseph Banks collection. The Banks Archive is currently accessed through a standalone website developed over 20 years ago with images generated from microfilm.
The first stage of the Project will include background on the project, the life of Sir Joseph Banks and access to the fully digitised Endeavour journal. Excerpts from the Endeavour journal have been provided through a new online viewer which places the digitised images alongside a fully searchable transcription.
The second stage will provide access to the complete digitised archive of over 10,000 pages, fully transcribed and keyword searchable. The second stage will highlight the web of correspondence between Banks and his correspondents around the world and provide links to international institutions with related collections .
The Banks project aims are to enhance discovery and access to the collection and promote the research potential in this significant archive.