Test a transform..

This page doesn't change anything in the database, but lets you check a transform is working ok.

You can also leave the Transform URL blank - this way you can find out if there is a transform association in the database. If you get either blank results or lots of errors, that probably means the transform association hasn't been set up yet.

If you want to create a new transform, you can either do it manually, following an existing transform (see this V&A one as an example) or use the "transform builder" which is basically just a simple WordPress site set up so that building the xml file is made easier. If you need a login for this, ask Mike

Once you've created your transform file, paste in the (publicly visible) URL to it below and also the URL of an example record you want parsed. If everything works fine, rock on, see below for how to set up the association. If it doesn't, fiddle with your transform until it does...

Right now, the transform file association (ie the link between the transform file and the online database it represents) isn't created automatically. I'll build this at some point but for now just drop me an email with the two urls: 1) the public link to the transform file and 2) the "base" url of the collection


Transform URL:

Data source URL:

Using transform file: http://museumcollections.org.uk/transformbuilder/vam/ (user provided)

dc_title: Railing

dc_description: Object Type Staircase panel from Foley House. Each baluster is formed of a lower panel containing a palmette and surmounted by two smaller oval panels, each enclosing a pair of crinkled leaves. People James Wyatt (1746-1813) designed his home, Foley House, in 1774. Wyatt was Robert Adam's greatest rival and was branded 'the destroyer' by A.W.N. Pugin for his clumsy restoration of many churches and cathedrals. Like Adam (1728-1792), Wyatt designed interiors and accessories as well as exteriors. He later pioneered the Gothic style, but most of his earlier work, like this house near Portland Square, was Neoclassical. According to James Elmes, biographer of Sir Christopher Wren, 'for elegance of detail, for harmony of proportion, for good taste and a chaste suavity of domestic propriety considering its size, this handsome house is not surpassed by any in the metropolis'. Colour There are 13 layers of colour on this baluster. This tells us about the aesthetic choices made by the owners of the house between 1775 and its demolition in 1928. The earliest 18th-century colour scheme was white with gilding to the fleur-de-lis and the leaves. Other colours used over the next 100 years ranged from bronze, green, pale green, light blue, dark brown, green and finally white again, the last a popular shade in the 1920s and 1930s. Recently, documents and paint analysis have revealed that the modern fashion for painting ironwork black was not the norm until the late 19th century, either for ironwork out of doors or in the house. Original Location 1 Foley Place (previously 69 Queen Anne Street East, and referred to by 1928 as Foley House) was designed by James Wyatt to be his own home and office, and was almost certainly a show place for his skills and taste. Its contents were of sufficient quality that the V&A was offered a selection as a gift when the house was about to be demolished. The demolition was in order for George Val Myer to build Broadcasting House for his client, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Creating a site of suitable size involved closing and demolishing the western part of Foley Place, once known as Queen Anne Street East and the remains later as Langham Street. The James Wyatt Foley House from which this section of ironwork was salvaged is not to be confused with a much larger house of the same name, which had been very prominent and on a site very near by, but which had been demolished in about 1815.


dc_date: Wyatt, James, born 1746 - died 1813 (designer)