By Tim Causer, on 13 February 2015
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 7 to 13 February, during which time further superb progress has been made by TB volunteers.
12,351 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 84 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,147 (91%) have been checked and accepted by TB staff.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MS 537||730||744||98%|
|Add MS 538||695||858||81%|
|Add MS 539||834||948||87%|
|Add MS 540||62||1012||6%|
|Add MS 541||270||1258||21%|
Thank you in particular for the Box 150 transcripts submitted: my colleague, Dr Michael Quinn, is currently working on these and has been remarking all week upon their extremely high quality!
Elsewhere, we would urge you to follow the work of the brilliant Bentham Cookbook team, who are producing a handsome publication based on the recipes transcribed by volunteers among the Box 107 manuscripts. They have just secured a foreword by the Michelin-starred chef, Fergus Henderson, owner and head chef of the St John Smithfield restaurant, who in 2013 made a ‘Devonshire Pie’ (tripe, spleen, gooseberries and all) for a BBC News feature. We can’t wait to see the fruits of the team’s labour!
And finally, readers in Australia and New Zealand might be interested to know that I will appearing in the forthcoming Norfolk Island episode of Coast Australia, in a segment on the notorious penal settlement which operated there between 1825 and 1855, a topic which is a major focus of my own research. The episode also looks at the natural history of this beautiful island, and features some stunning cinematography. It premieres at 7.30pm AEDT on the History Channel and is then repeated throughout the week. This episode of Coast Australia – and the rest of the second series – should be shown on BBC2 in the UK in the coming months.
Thank you, as always to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as gratefully appreciated as ever.