A CELL call for papers: Failure in the Archives, 30 October 2014

The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) is pleased to announce ‘Failure in the Archives’, a conference celebrating the frustrations of archival research, to be held on 30 October 2014 and featuring a keynote address by Natalie Zemon Davis. Further details can be found along with a full Call for Papers at the conference website. Please submit all questions, feedback, and proposals to FailureInTheArchives@gmail.com no later than 31 July 2014.

A CELL call for papers: RSA Berlin 2015

Richard Hamilton, Berlin interior (1979)

CELL invites proposals for papers to be given at the 2015 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin next spring, 26–28 March 2015. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, 30 May.

A new term, a new schedule for the Director's Seminar

With 2014 well underway and a new term beginning at UCL, CELL are happy to announce the schedule for the Director’s Seminar for the second termLed by CELL’s Director, Professor Lisa Jardine, the seminar is where CELL gets together to find out what’s going on.

The Grayson Gala!

Grayson Perry

CELL and our UCL sister institute CHIRP are excited to be hosting artist Grayson Perry for a grand public lecture, to be held at RIBA on Tuesday 26 November. 

A nota bene from CELL

The CELL office prepares the new look

CELL will be launching a new version of www.livesandletters.ac.uk very soon! This will mean we’ll be doing a bit of work on both the back end of the site and the server, so you might not get the usual smooth as silk livesandletters experience. We’ll be doing everything we can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum - and the individual project sites should continue unaffected. Do let us know if you encounter any problems!

Director's Seminar programme unveiled!

The sort of thing we regularly just knock up for the seminar

The 2013 autumn term schedule for the Director’s Seminar is now available. Led by CELL’s Director, Professor Lisa Jardine, the seminar is where CELL comes together to discuss work, chat about whatever’s interesting at the time, and eat baked goods. Every Thursday 10.30-12 in Room 111 Foster Court, attending the seminar is obligatory for all CELL people, but the seminar is open to all postgraduates who would like to pitch in and get involved - just email Matthew Symonds or Robyn Adams to find out more.

Congratulations Daisy!


Congratulations from everyone at CELL to Daisy Hildyard on passing her viva with flying colours! Dr Hildyard’s thesis is entitled ‘Clean matter of fact’: How the Royal Society defined a context for modern science, 1660-1700” and was examined by Professor Simon Schaffer (Cambridge) and Dr Adam Smyth (Birkbeck).

Joined-Up Early Modern Diplomacy: Linked Data from the Correspondence of Thomas Bodley

The second blog post about the Open Humanities Award-funded project to generate visualisations from the data within the Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley 1585-97 is live. Exciting things are happening behind the scenes and will be revealed in the next couple of months, so stay tuned! Image of Thomas Bodley’s cipher courtesy of The British Library.

Lisa Jardine and the Seven Ages of Science!

Radio 4 logo

The Director’s latest programme for Radio 4 has made its debut. Seven Ages of Science charts the history of science from restoration England to the modern age. You can find out more about the show and listen again to the episodes as they are transmitted at its page on the BBC website.

New look livesandletters.ac.uk coming soon!


We’re busy slaving away at our new look for the CELL website, www.livesandletters.ac.uk, which will be launching before the start of the new academic year in September 2013. In the meantime, please excuse our transitional website.