I was recently involved in a brilliant three-day workshop called ‘Building Shared Futures’, hosted at the Bristol Archives and the University of Bristol, including participants from both the UK and Kenya. It was attended by archivists, anthropologists, architects, historians, and a mix of academics, practitioners and experts in co-production and heritage. The event was both stimulating and exhausting.
Last week I attended two days of a three-day symposium at The National Archives (TNA), Kew, entitled ‘Dominus Hiberniae / Rex Hiberniae’. The conference was a mix of keynotes and papers on Irish history, historiography and the records used by historians to write the histories of medieval and early modern Ireland. I attended the conference because I hope to work with Prof. Brendan Smith on the creation of a TEI/XML version of an Irish Exchequer Receipt Roll (TNA, E 101/233/16) from the reign of Edward I with visualisations of the encoded data. Brendan talked about the roll at the event, pointing out that it is part of an underused series that can provide a rich source of information beyond royal finances with information on places, communities, individuals and trade networks.
I’ve recently finished developing the Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England online database. This project was a collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of Birmingham, British Library and the Historical Association and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
I’ve decided to reboot the blog to talk about things I’m working on, especially in relation to Digital Humanities.
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