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Current projects

The College works with partners throughout the community, including heritage organisations, commercial partners and fellow institutions, to explore innovative new avenues of research through digital methods.

AveTransRisk

Transaction costs and risk management during the first globalization (sixteenth-eighteenth centuries). A 'taster edition' of the database explores the concepts involved through specific voyages.

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Lawforms

This collaborative project investigates how people in the Persianate world thought and spoke about law by examining and digitising Persian-language and bi-lingual legal documents to create an interactive database.

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The Exeter Book project

The Exeter Book is one of the foundation documents of literature in English. This collaboration with Exeter Cathedral has made the entire book of Anglo-Saxon poetry available online and accessible to all.

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Famine Tales

Artists and academics collaborated to create vivid responses to descriptions of famine in early modern India and Britain, which are now displayed in an online exhibit.

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Famine and Dearth

This collaborative project produced a publicly accessible database of selected primary sources relating to famine in early modern India and Britain.

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Revolutionary Duchess

Translating the letters of the Duchess d’Elbeuf, an eyewitness source for the French Revolution, into English for the first time and creating a publically available digital edition.

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Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine 1861-5

Aiming to collect and interpret the poems written about the Lancashire 'Cotton Famine', making them freely available in a searchable text database.

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Hardy's Correspondents

Phase One of the Hardy’s Correspondents project, brings to the public images and fully annotated transcriptions of 100 letters to Thomas Hardy.

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Sustainable ICTs in the Digitised University

Universities are increasingly utilising digital technologies to deliver their services, but at what environmental cost?‌

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Panorama of London

This project used high resolution photography and digital stitching to create an interactive online version of Smyth’s 1845 Panorama of London from the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collections.

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Rowntree Business Lectures

Exploring the impact of the Rowntree Business Lectures on the development of the Interwar British Management Movement, this project makes lecture and conference material publicly available.

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Reframing Vivien Leigh

Insights into the life and stardom of the actress Vivien Leigh, represented through digital exhibitions of objects and documents, including 3D models of some of the actress’s iconic dresses.

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Hardy and Heritage

Collaborating with Dorset County Museum, 'Hardy and Heritage’ aims to create a digital database of a selection of the letters written to poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928).

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LGBT+ Objects

Showcasing objects from UK heritage collections and using them as the basis for teaching resources on the themes of gender, sexual diversity and health.

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The Worlds of Mandaean Priests

A glimpse of the festivals, rituals and practices of a community in southern Mesopotamia, this archive contains video and slideshows showing their daily lives and milestone events. It provides a fascinating insight into a complex and rich culture.

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Exeter Manuscripts

The Exeter Manuscripts project made a 10th-century medieval manuscript available to the public by digitising it as an app.

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Powderham

We worked with Powderham Castle to create a high-quality digital version of their manuscripts.

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Touching the Past

Working with the National Museum of Scotland, this project explored 3D scanning and printing alongside traditional crafted replicas to provide sensory engagement in traditional museums.

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Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges is an opportunity for first year undergraduates to explore some of the world's greatest contemporary issues.

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Russian Poetry Canon

This project examined post-Soviet revisions to the canon of twentieth-century Russian poetry and developed a complete interactive database of active Russian poets in the years 1991-2008.

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Grecian Archive

Working with donors, UG and PG students to digitise the archives of the local football club, including the scanning of 3D artefacts, to create a rich visual and oral history of the club.

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Stuart Successions

The Stuart Successions project examined writing printed at the moments of royal and protectoral succession in Britain between 1603 and 1702.

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Hidden Florence

Created in partnership with mobile app-development company Calvium, Hidden Florence is a smartphone app that uses GPS tracking to offer a guide to 15th-century Florence.

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Painting for The Salon

In collaboration with the Archives des Musées Nationaux, the Louvre and the BnF, the Salon Artists project provides a searchable database of all entries to the Salon for the period 1827-1850.

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Poly-Olbion

The Poly-Olbion project produced a digital scholarly edition of the 15,000-line poem using TEI/ XML encoding, making it publicly available online

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Children's Poly-Olbion

The Children's Poly-Olbion project built on the Poly-Olbion project, holding creative workshops for children with special educational needs to make the text more accessible to a wider audience.

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Virtual Magic Bowl

Inherited from the University of Southampton, this project digitised an archive of Aramaic incantation bowls, using photography and 3D scanning.

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Thomas Hardy and Clothing

In partnership with Dorset County Museum, the Thomas Hardy and Clothing project built a searchable database of all mentions of clothing in Hardy’s writing.

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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye project created an installation and later a digital archive of letters written by members of the public to those who left their homes to serve in the Great War.

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Places of Poetry

This project collected poetic responses to lived experiences from the public across England and Wales, creating an interactive map-based website where over 7,000 poems can be discovered.

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War in Other Words

This research student project built a repository of documents about the First World War in different languages and held workshops to record and translate them.

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Subtitling World Cinema

'Subtitling World Cinema' seeks to make lost or unknown world film available to English-speaking audiences through subtitling and digitisation. 

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Poetry by Numbers

Working with colleagues in Computer Science, the Poetry by Numbers project explored the Victorian 'Eureka Machine' and presented their findings in a website.

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Ipplepen

This archaeological dig has been a student and a community excavation project since 2011, and has used techniques such as 3D scanning to archive and catalogue excavated objects.

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Privy Council Papers

This project presents the first digital catalogue of the 'Printed Papers' of Appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), containing key details for 9,368 cases decided between 1792-1998.

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Great War Cornish Soldier

Undergraduate students at Penryn used social media to share extracts from a local soldier’s diary, 100 years to-the-day that they were written.

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Architecture and Ascetism

Architecture and Asceticism provides an archive of digital surrogates for art, architecture and archaeology in Syria and Georgia.

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Syon at 600

This project has been digitising manuscripts from the Syon Abbey archive now kept in the Special Collections at Exeter.

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SiteWorks

SiteWorks is a mobile-friendly website that presents an interactive tour of performances in San Francisco 1969-85 using GPS, way finding, layered mapping and timelines.

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Writer on the Train

Taking train travel as a starting point, this project used smart phones and GPS to deliver travel writing that shrinks and stretches to match a journey.

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Work with organisations

Professor Gabriella Giannachi researches performance and new media documentation. Often working in collaboration with computer scientists, she devises ways to digitise and share collection data for artists and museums.

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The Risk Taker's Survival Guide

This project worked with commercial partners Rubber Republic to produce an interactive documentary exploring our engagement with day-to-day risk.

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