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.
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.
- Building a Library Without Walls
- This project documents Thomas Bodley’s eﬀorts building the legendary Bodleian Library at Oxford University; it uses novel digital methods in conjunction with the manuscript administrative records of the Bodleian Library.
- The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597
- Based on a pioneering transcription method, this online edition covers all the letters between Thomas Bodley and his correspondents between the years 1585-97, as well as miscellaneous correspondence from his earlier diplomatic legations to northern European ﬁgures of state.
- Gabriel Harvey’s Livy Online
- This project will produce a digital edition of Gabriel Harvey’s annotated copy of T. Livius Patavini, Romanae historiae principis, decades tres, cum dimidia (Basle, 1555).
Research projects that have been completed at CELL include:
- 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.