This site is a work in progress which will be completed by the end of September 2014. Currently it still has many bugs, has limited functionality, and relatively little content. If you have any feedback about the design or approach taken here then please contact us at digipal [at] kcl.ac.uk.
This website is the Digital Resource and Database for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic, a new resource being developed at the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) as part of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under grant agreement n° 263751, the project aims to bring new methods in Digital Humanities to the study of medieval handwriting in its diplomatic and manuscript context by combining digital catalogues, descriptions of handwriting, and images of documents and their constituent letter-forms. It is currently under development and will be complete by 30 September 2014.
The project aims to bring digital technology to bear on scholarly discussion in new and innovative ways. It will combine digital photographs of medieval handwriting with detailed descriptions and characterisations of the writing, as well as the text in which it is found, and the content and structure of the manuscript or document as a whole. It will incorporate different ways of exploring and manipulating the information, such as annotated images, dynamic maps and timelines and image-processing as well as more conventional text-based browse and search. It will therefore allow scholars to apply new developments in palaeographical method which have been discussed in theory but which have proven difficult or impossible to implement in practice.
The 'Description' components of the Manuscript records are extracts from Helmut Gnuess, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (Tempe, AZ, 2001), reproduced with permission of the author.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the digital images of manuscripts and charters on this website are copyright of the respective libraries or archives: