By Tim Causer, on 9 January 2015
Welcome along to the first progress update of 2015! We would like to wish all TB volunteers and readers of the blog a very happy new year.
Since the last progress update, given on 19 December 2014, a further 112 transcripts have been worked on, so 12,062 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed. The 12,000th transcript has been well and truly reached – another tremendous achievement by TB volunteers.
Of these transcripts, 10,957 (91%) have been checked and approved by TB staff. We have resumed checking transcripts, and continue to work our way through the backlog – many thanks for your continuing patience.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MS 537||729||744||97%|
|Add MS 538||693||858||80%|
|Add MS 539||833||948||87%|
|Add MS 540||53||1012||5%|
|Add MS 541||265||1258||21%|
Help with transcription
As noted in an earlier post, the Bentham Project has recently received a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, to produce the authoritative edition of Bentham’s writings on political economy, as part of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. The key task for this year is in editing Bentham’s work on the Thames Police Bill, which he drew up in conjunction with the magistrate, Patrick Colquhoun. The Bill was drafter in 1798 and enacted in 1800, establishing the Thames River Police – the first regular, professional police force in the world – to prevent thefts of cargo on the Thames.
Volunteers can, if they wish, assist Dr Michael Quinn, Senior Research Associate at the Bentham Project, with this work by transcribing material from Box 150. Manuscripts from this box already transcribed by volunteers have already been of assistance, and will continue to be so throughout the year. Needless to say, all volunteers will be credited for their work in the acknowledgements to the published volume.
The Bentham Project currently has two job vacancies available, both with a closing date of Sunday 18 January. First, is a full-time Research Associate position, funded for twelve months in the first instance, for someone with a PhD in history or cognate discipline, to assist Professor Philip Schofield in work on Bentham’s correspondence, and his writings on logic and language, judicial evidence, and religion.
Second, is for a part-time Transcription Assistant (o.2FTE/one day per week), funded for five years in the first instance, for someone to assist Professor Schofield and Dr Quinn with the preparation of the volumes of Benham’s writings on political economy.
As always, we are enormously grateful to everyone who has given their time so generously to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven day. Here’s to another great year of transcription!