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Research Tools

Bentham Manuscripts Digital Collection

The vast collection of Bentham manuscripts held by UCL Library’s Special Collections are of outstanding international historical and philosophical importance.

Digital versions of some of these manuscripts – including high-resolution images as well as transcripts – are hosted at a dedicated, open-access online repository. New material is being constantly added.

Bentham Papers Database

The Bentham Papers database, compiled by Dr Deborah McVea and supported by a grant from the AHRC, provides the most comprehensive online finding tool for Bentham manuscripts. UCL’s entire collection can be searched by heading, date, category, title or even penner.

Bentham Keyword Spotting

Thanks to a collaboration with the PRHLT research centre at the Universitat Politècnica de València as part of the READ project, it is now possible to search 90,000 images of Bentham’s manuscripts using cutting-edge Handwritten Text Recognition technology.

Find out more about Bentham-related research tools at the Bentham Project website.