Projects CELL’s projects have over the last ten years set the standard for marrying rigorous standards of traditional scholarship to the new possibilities opened up to us by the transformations in communication and information technologies. Here you can find the research we’re pursuing right now, as well as older projects.

Ongoing Research

Research projects that are actively pursued at CELL include:

The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe
This new digital humanities research initiative explores historical reading practices through the lens of manuscript annotations preserved in early printed books.
The Correspondence of Francis Bacon
This new critical edition of correspondence to and from Francis Bacon (1561-1626) adds more than 200 previously undocumented letters to the canon of Bacon’s correspondence.
Digitizing Correspondence
This project brings together a number of strands arising from the individual correspondence projects in which CELL is involved. It is particularly concerned with how the networks of correspondence that existed in early modern Europe might be reproduced by interactions between distinct projects online.
The Hooke Folio Online
In this edition, the long-lost manuscript of the papers of Robert Hooke are transcribed and encoded in XML, making available large amounts of new information about the day-to-day activities of the early scientific establishment.
The Complete Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia
This first comprehensive edition of the letters written by Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662) is published by Oxford University Press in three volumes, presenting a detailed portrait of a Stuart princess from childhood to old age.
The Letters of William Herle
This is ‘Edition 2’ of the Letters of William Herle Project (released March 2006). It provides transcripts of 302 of Herle’s letters written in English and a series of indexes by which they can be browsed – by archival location, date, author, recipient, first line or place from – as well as lists of multiple copies and letters with enclosures.
William Dugdale (1605-1686)
This databased catalogue of William Dugdale’s correspondence includes over a thousand letters either to or from Dugdale and served as the basis of the biography William Dugdale: A Life of the Warwickshire Historian and Herald.
The Workdiaries of Robert Boyle
The CELL 2004 edition of the of the Workdiaries of Robert Boyle (1627-91 is a fully revised and enhanced reworking of an earlier edition prepared under the direction of Professor Michael Hunter, published in 2001 by Perseus and on the Boyle website at Birkbeck College. As well as images of the manuscripts, the revised edition includes a new interface and search and reference facilities.