Exchequer receipt roll: Who are the sheriffs?
As mentioned in previous posts, I’m working with Professor Brendan Smith on a small project, funded by the Jean Golding Institute, to look at the possibilities around computational analysis of a 1301–2 receipt roll from the Irish Exchequer. This post digs a little further into the sheriffs who proffered accounts in 1301–2.
Exchequer receipt roll: Monthly and Weekly Trends
In the last post (Exchequer receipt roll: Overview of Payments) I showed an overview of the payments in the 1301/2 receipt roll of the Irish Exchequer. This prompted a question from Dr Richard Cassidy:
Exchequer receipt roll: Overview of Payments
As mentioned in other posts, namely ‘Digital Humanities meets Medieval Financial Records’ and ‘Exchequer receipt roll: from transcript to spreadsheet’, I am working on data derived from the 1301–2 receipt roll of the Irish Exchequer Receipt via a project funded by the Jean Golding Institute.
Exchequer receipt roll: from transcript to spreadsheet
For the ‘Digital Humanities meets Medieval Financial Records: The Receipt Rolls of the Irish Exchequer’ project, I’m looking at ways to digitally encode English language calendars of the rolls and exploring ways to interrogate and visualise the data. One roll has already been transcribed and published, as discussed in an earlier post. Rather than starting with the TEI/XML, I opted to look at getting the details of payment into CSV (and Excel), since this is the type of format that researchers might use to explore the data. It is also a useful format to work with data analysis tools and to create some example visualisations.
Digital Humanities meets Medieval Financial Records
I’m excited to report that I’m a co-investigator on a Jean Golding Institute seed corn funding project entitled ‘Digital Humanities meets Medieval Financial Records: The Receipt Rolls of the Irish Exchequer’. The principal investigator is Professor Brendan Smith of the Department of History. Advice and encouragement are being provided by Dr Peter Crooks of Trinity College, Dublin, and Dr Paul Dryburgh of The National Archives, London.
Visualising Eighteenth-century Poetic Cultures
Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Dr Jennifer Batt on a project entitled ‘Visualising the poetic cultures of eighteenth-century periodicals’. Jenny’s research interests include studying poems that were published in newspapers and magazines during the eighteenth-century – a corpus that has been largely ignored by scholars, mainly because it has been seen as ‘trite or sentimental “filler” worth no one’s time’ (quote from Linda K. Hughes, ‘What the Wellesley Index Left Out: Why Poetry Matters to Periodical Studies’, Victorian Periodicals Review). In fact, Jenny’s article, ‘Poems in Magazines’ in The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry, 1660–1700 provides a good introduction and ‘sketch map of a vast, and largely unexplored, literary terrain’.
Changing Perspectives: Nairobi Past and Present
As part of the Building Shared Futures project, the Kenyan academics chose ten photographs from Bristol Archives and a Kenyan photographer, Chao Tayiana, was commissioned to take contemporary photographs as a response. These formed an exhibition that was displayed at the National Museums of Kenya in June and will soon be on display at the Bristol Archives.
Repatriating the Archives with Digital Humanities
Some belated news on the Building Shared Futures project …
Points on a map of Nairobi: Building Shared Futures
Another task I need to complete for the next Building Shared Futures workshop is to use the metadata received from Bristol Archives to populate a map with points of interest. In this case, the popup displays an image from the IIIF server.
IIIF server: Building Shared Futures
For the next Building Shared Futures workshop, I had a task to have some images in the Bristol Archives being delivered by an IIIF server https://iiif.io/. This is a quick post to show the viewer on my blog, but with the images and manifests being delivered from the University of Bristol servers. A longer post to follow …
Digital Humanities and Repatriating the Archives
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.
Dominus Hibernie / Rex Hiberniae
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.
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