This blog reports on a project to reconstruct and analyse the Phillipps Collection.

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) assembled the largest personal collection of European manuscripts ever assembled. It is estimated to have contained up to 60,000 items. The manuscripts had varied geographical origins across Western Europe, were written in many different European languages, and covered a wide range of different subjects and topics. Their dispersal took place gradually over more than one hundred years after Phillipps’ death, and their modern locations are spread across the globe.

The scale of the Phillipps Collection has proved a significant challenge to traditional research methods. In this project I employed innovative data modeling and analysis techniques in order to trace the history of its component manuscripts, and to map the provenance events and networks which are embodied in the history of the collection.

This project was funded through a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (2014-2016) and hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London: UWA_News_June_2014

I am currently a Senior Researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. I can be contacted at toby.burrows@uwa.edu.au



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