In the current, May/June 2008, issue of Choir & Organ, Matthew Power introduces a new resource on music manuscripts located in British and Irish Libraries. RISM United Kingdom & Ireland serves as an open guide to the music manuscript holdings of libraries in the British Isles & Ireland. A collaborative effort, this manuscript database has been six years in the making. Mr. Power provides a description of the database and interviews Sr. Sandra Tuppen, who headed the team of catalogers.
The URL is: http://www.rism.org.uk
An image gallery of select manuscripts is available from the site as well. The database is searchable by keyword, manuscripts, people, institutions, titles, and subject and by library.