Happy to say that some particularly charming results meant I spent more time on Serendip-o-matic than I initially expected. It works like this. Punch in some text – anything you like: a word, phrase, thesis, blog post, essay – and Serendip-o-matic will grab some keywords from your text and run a search on museum, library and image databases.
My first search – a couple of paragraphs from a recent blog post – led me to these gorgeous images taken during Reverend Arthur Trengrove’s trip to New Zealand around the end of the 19th century. The images are homed on the State Library of South Australia website.