Wars in the Workshop: Digitizing Manuscript Rolls

Natasha Hodgson, Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Nottingham Trent University

This lecture will discuss some of the issues relating to the digitization of manuscript rolls, focusing on a fifteenth-century genealogical roll produced during the Wars of the Roses, the Canterbury Roll.

Friday, March 18, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST on Zoom
Camera scanning unrolled manuscript of genealogical roll.

In this paper I will discuss some of the issues relating to the digitization of manuscript rolls, focusing on a fifteenth-century genealogical roll produced during the Wars of the Roses currently held at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch in New Zealand, the Canterbury Roll.  A collaboration between scholars at UC and Nottingham Trent University in the UK, the current project provides a test case for exploring the challenges of representing these large, complex, and delicate material objects in digital form. As the project moves into a new phase, we are exploring new ways to incorporate, compare and contrast more rolls, adding layers of historical interpretation, network analysis, and heritage science data. I will discuss how we might combine three research streams – History, Heritage Science, and Digital Humanities – to better understand the impetus and processes behind the construction of genealogical rolls as well as the establishment of their wider socio-cultural and political importance.

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