Blog Posts

HIST 426 – Using Digital Texts as Historical Sources

Today for the DH MA class, I took students to visit the Lancaster University Library and to meet with the team responsible for digitisation. Students had the opportunity to receive guidance on how to digitise and observed an eighteenth-century letter book being scanned and OCR’d. In my lecture, students learnt about the possibilities and limitations of digitisation, OCR, and file management. I used a number of case studies, including the work I did on early twentieth-century Lancaster, to demonstrate the possibilities of digital methodologies in historical research.

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Representations of Foreign Born Persons in Victorian Print Culture, 1851-1901

The following slideshow is of images taken from various Victorian periodicals that had illustrations depicting foreign born persons.

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Digital History Project Video

The below video was produced as a summary for the Digital History project at Lancaster University (2015-2016). The somewhat embarrassing video attempts to summarise and identify some of the challenges faced, as well as the positive outcomes.

New Digital Humanities Website

The new Digital Humanities webpage is available for viewing. Events, including training and conferences, is made available, as well information about the vaious researchers and research projects. The URL is:

Happy viewing!


Digital history Project

The Digital Ambassador scheme was launched at the start of 2016, and I have had the exciting opportunity to participate in it with my project entitled Digital History.

A recent post was made about my project which can be found here.

The project has brought about a number of exciting opportunities for staff and students to engage with the development of digital research methodologies in historical research. Since January, we have held a course for students on developing database skills to deal with quantitative records on an aggregate level, a series of mapping workshops which have exposed staff and students to easy ways to get started, and finally, an international webinar was held to highlight the many ways in which historians with analogue training can get started with small independent digital projects.


HistFest 2016

On June 3-5 2016 will be the annual HistFest postgraduate conference at Lancaster University. If you are a postgraduate and would like to speak, you ‘ll need to submit an abstract today. But, if you are late, do send me an email ( and we will see what we can do, but no promises can be made. Details regarding the conference and non-speaker attendance will be publicised soon. You can follow along with the conference on Twitter with the hashtag #histfest. For more information visit the HistFest web page, or follow the conference Twitter account @Lancs_HistFest.


Digital History Webinar

On Wednesday 27 April at 5pm GMT, there will be a webinar on the topic of digital history. I am pleased to announce that Professor Ian Gregory, Professor Anne Knowles, and Dr Katrina Navickas will be speaking at the webinar on their research. An ideal opportunity for those looking to develop skills, gain ideals, or develop a better understanding of digital history and how it can be approached.