Transcribe Bentham on display
By Tim Causer, on 6 June 2013
Earlier this year, UCL opened its new Octagon Gallery, a new exhibition space for displaying research being carried out at the College. Each exhibition lasts six months, and the newest is on the theme of ‘Digital Transformations’, curated by Claire Ross, Research Assistant at UCL’s Department of Information Studies and Centre for Digital Humanities (amongst other things, Claire is the lead researcher on the award-winning QRator project).
Claire has very kindly included Transcribe Bentham in her exhibition. Four Bentham manuscripts have been installed in the exhibition: JB/027/026/004 (transcribed by Diane Folan), in which Bentham recalls setting fire to ear-wigs as a child; JB/107/110/001 and JB/107/110/002 (transcribed by Joy Lloyd, Chris Leeder, and Melissa Rogers), in which Bentham sets out a series of recipes for his panopticon prison; and JB/079/047/001 as an (admittedly extreme) example of the challenges faced by Transcribe Bentham volunteers in attempting to decipher Bentham’s manuscripts. Below the manuscripts is an interactive ‘data rail’, which shows the transcripts and some contextual information.
Needless to say, we are delighted that the work of Transcribe Bentham‘s volunteers is being showcased in such a prominent spot, and will show off both their considerable efforts and the sort of discoveries which are being made through their transcripts.
We hope that those in the London area might be able to visit, and for those further away, below are a few pictures of the TB part of the exhibit.
(Thanks again to Claire for having TB included in the exhibition, and to UCL Special Collections for their work in preparing and installing the manuscripts).
3 Responses to “Transcribe Bentham on display”
Progress update, 1 to 7 June 2013 | UCL Transcribe Bentham wrote on 7 June 2013:
[…] manuscripts and TB transcripts are now on display in UCL’s Octagon gallery, showcasing the work of volunteer transcribers to the hundreds of people who pass through the […]
Progress update, 10 to 16 August | UCL Transcribe Bentham wrote on 16 August 2013:
[…] with the Panopticon exhibition, and the Bentham manuscripts and transcripts on display in UCL’s Octagon Gallery, the work of volunteer transcribers has never been better publicised. We do, however, hope to reach […]
Transcribe Bentham is part of the new ‘Digital Transformations’ exhibition at UCL!